Surimono of Women,

Part I

 

The first three series of prints have titles beginning with ôFűzoku onna Suikodenö.á Each print in these three series likens a beautiful woman to one of the heroes of the semi-historical Chinese novel, Suikoden (Shuihu zhuan in Chinese).á The first series of five prints may be placed side-by-side to form a pentaptych, and the second series is listed as number 148 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this section.

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Heroes: Salt gathering (Fűzoku onna Suikoden ippyakuhachinin no uchi: Shiogumi gobantsuzuk, 風俗女水滸傳壹百八人ノ内)

Number on print: 1

Suikoden hero: Gensh˘shichi

Description: A beauty gathering salt on the beach

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.1.1

 

NOTE: This series of five surimono was designed for the Taiko (Drum) club of ky˘ka poets. I am grateful to Ward Pieters for the image.

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Heroes: Salt gathering (Fűzoku onna Suikoden ippyakuhachinin no uchi: Shiogumi gobantsuzuk, 風俗女水滸傳壹百八人ノ内)

Number on print: 2

Suikoden hero: Kishuná

Description: A beauty with two buckets of water on a yoke over her shoulders

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.1.2

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Heroes: Salt gathering (Fűzoku onna Suikoden ippyakuhachinin no uchi: Shiogumi gobantsuzuk, 風俗女水滸傳壹百八人ノ内)

Number on print: 3

Suikoden hero: Gensh˘ni (Ruan Xiao'er)

Description: A seated beauty smoking a pipe with a basket at her side

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.1.3á

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Heroes: Salt gathering (Fűzoku onna Suikoden ippyakuhachinin no uchi: Shiogumi gobantsuzuk, 風俗女水滸傳壹百八人ノ内)

Number on print: 4

Suikoden hero: Ch˘˘ (Zhang Heng)á

Description: A beauty drawing salt water in one of two buckets suspended from a yoke over her shoulders

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.1.4

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Heroes: Salt gathering (Fűzoku onna Suikoden ippyakuhachinin no uchi: Shiogumi gobantsuzuk, 風俗女水滸傳壹百八人ノ内)

Number on print: 5

Suikoden hero: Gensh˘go (Ruan Xiaowu)á

Description: A beauty with two buckets on a yoke over her shoulders

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.1.5

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Oteiroku

Description: A beauty seated in a boat by the coast at Mitsumata

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.2.1

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Roshungi

Description: A beauty smoking a pipe seated on an ox, which is lead by a boy

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.2.2

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for the image.

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Kaei

Description: A beauty leaned against a wall with a pipe in her hand

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.2.3

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Ensei

Description: A shiraby˘shi dancer in a white kimono wearing a high court cap and holding an open fan

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.2.4

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Saishin

Description: A beauty walking in the hall of votive paintings (emadou) in a Buddhist temple viewing a landscape painting

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.2.5

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Shubu

Description: A beauty leaned upon a fulling-block looking behind her at a flowering cherry

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.2.6

 

NOTE: A fulling-block was used to remove unwanted creases and place desirable creases in clothes as an iron is used today.á

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Taikan

Description: A beauty seated in a palanquin holding a pipe taking a rest by a road sign

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1830

Schaap: 2.a.2.7

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Rinchű

Description: A beauty clad in an overkimono and a black scarf around her head holding a closed umbrella

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1832

Schaap: 2.a.3.1

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: K˘sonsh˘

Description: A beauty standing by a basin (o-tearai) surprised at the sight of a dragon reflected on the surface of the water

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1832

Schaap: 2.a.3.2

 

Image courtesy of Richard Illing

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Ch˘sei

Description: Beauty throwing unglazed earthenware dishes from D˘kan Hill in Edo

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1832

Schaap: 2.a.3.3

 

Another state of the above design with the subtitle (hyakuhachiban no uchi, 百八番之) removed

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Bush˘

Description: Reclining beauty reading a book and holding a pipe with her legs in the kotatsu with a cat on top

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1832

Schaap: 2.a.3.4

 

NOTE: A kotatsu is a low, open wooden frame covered by a blanket with a heat source underneath.

 

Another state of the above surimono, with the poem, poetry clubĺs circular emblem, subtitle (hyakuhachiban no uchi, 百八番之内), and printerĺs seal removed

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Goy˘

Description: Beauty seated on a large pillow with a long pipe and a standing clock behind her

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1832

Schaap: 2.a.3.5

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Ch˘jun

Description: A geisha in a covered boat wringing out a piece of cloth

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1832

Schaap: 2.a.3.6

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: S˘k˘

Description: A beauty playing a one-stringed chin (ichigenkin) while looking at a painting of the goddess Benten

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1832

Schaap: 2.a.3.7

 

Series: Suikoden of Womenĺs Customs from 108 Sheets (Fűzoku onna Suikoden hyakuhachiban no uchi, 風俗女水滸傳百八番之内)

Suikoden hero: Shishin

Description: A beauty seated, wearing a kimono decorated with a dragon, and resting her hands on a long pipe

Size: Shikishiban (about 8 by 7 inches or 21 by 18 centimeters)

Printer: Surik˘ Shinz˘

Date: c. 1832

Schaap: 2.a.3.8

ôSchaapö refers to listing in Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi by Robert Schaap (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 1998).

 

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