Fruit Still Life


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

Kubo Shunman


Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


Information on this simple surimono of persimmons on a plate is surprisingly scarce. The print may be from the Kasumiren Sōmoku Awase (霞連草木合, "Plants for the Kasumi Circle") series of prints by Shunman, but this is unclear. In any case, in the print we see two persimmons, one already peeled, and a knife for peeling on a porcelain plate. One seed, already removed, sits just outside the plate. Light bokashi gradation has been used at the bottom of the print, and kimedashi, an embossing technique produced by pushing the back of the paper down into recessions carved into the block, has been used on the knife and sections of the fruit for a more "real" effect. Attention has also been paid to the handle of the knife, carefully carved and printed to mimic wood grain.

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