Surimono of landscapes

 

 

Title: The Birth of an Island

Description: Enoshima rising from the sea at behest of the goddess Benten

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

Date: c. 1835

Schaap: 3.1

Title: View of Hakone: The Stream of Asazawa in the Spring

Description: A stream running between two hills with Mount Fuji in the distance

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

Date: 1828

Schaap: 3.2

 

The poem reads:

In the spring wind, there is the scent of the laughing plum.

The soft snow melts to be the waters of the Asazawa.

 

Description: Distant view of the island of Enoshima with Mount Fuji behind

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

Publisher: Ise-ya Sanjirô

Date: 1827-1829

Schaap: 3.3

 

This is another state of the above surimono without Kuniyoshi’s square red signature seal in the left lower corner.  The crests of the waves demonstrate gauffrage, also known as “embossing” or “blind printing”.  In gauffrage, a raised design is produced by pressing the paper against a carved but uninked woodblock. 

 

Description: A man crossing a plank bridge leading to a small shrine on an island

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

Date:

Schaap: 3.4

 

NOTE: This surimono is unsigned.  I am grateful to Ward Pieters for the image.

 

Description: A tortoise seated by a pine tree watching the New Year’s sunrise

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

Date: c.1832

Schaap: 3.5

 

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Description: Sea and landscape with Mount Fuji

Size:

Date:

Schaap: 3.6

 

Series: A Series of Five Views of Mount Fuji (Fuji goban no uchi)

Description: A distant sunrise view of Mount Fuji seen across the sea from the shrine at Susaki

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

Date: 1827-1829

Schaap: 2.a.5.1

Title: Cranes live a thousand years, tortoises ten thousand years and everything will be all right (Senkaku manki daidai kanou)

Description: Close-up of a net containing fish, an octopus and a lobster with mount Fuji in the distance

Size: 36.8 by 51.4 centimeters

Date: 1849-1850 

Schaap: 1.a.7

Description: A scene on the Sumida River

Size: 18.5 by 52 centimeters

Date: 

Schaap: Not listed

 

Description: A kyôka poem on poem paper and a landscape of pine branches, cranes and the sea (Tsuru ni umi no kei)

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

Date:  Early 1830s

Schaap: 4.1

 

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

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