Peach Blossoms and Seal


Peach Blossoms and Seal
Print   (Part of the set: Akashi-ban Surimono)

Kubo Shunman


Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


This surimono of peach blossoms, a rat seal and a porcelain ink-well (or seal-box) is similar to a kachōga (bird and flower print), but pairs a flower with a rat instead of a bird to indicate that the original print was produced in the Year of the Rat.

Kimedashi, an embossing technique, has been used on the blossom petals in this print to accentuate them. Kimedashi is produced by pushing the back of the paper down into recessions carved into the block. 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. Metallic pigments, now a little dulled, have been used on the rat seal in the print.

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