Print   (Part of the set: Akashi-ban Surimono)

Kubo Shunman


Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


This surimono featuring peonies and an iris was made for the Kasumiren (Mist Club/Circle) poetry group, a subgroup of the Yomo-gawa (Four Directions Group), by Kubo Shunman. The leaves and petals of the iris have been printed to look like brushstrokes. Kimedashi, an embossing technique produced by pushing the back of the paper down into recessions carved into the block, has been used on the peony petals. In this technique, the front side of the sheet is thus raised up slightly, and the print is actually turned into a (very shallow) bas relief object. There are limits as to how far this can be carried without tearing the paper, but even a shallow kimedashi can be very effective.

The print is from the Kasumiren Sômoku Awase (霞連草木合, "Plants for the Kasumi Circle") series by Shunman.

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