Block-cutting and printing surimono
Hokusai, Katsushika; designer; Japanese printmaker, 1760-1849
Surimono. Colour print from woodblocks, with metallic pigment and blind embossing. 1825. Poetry by Settei Nanzan (from Hagi in Nagato province, now Yamaguchi Prefecture) and Kyokado
given; 1937; Barron, E. Evelyn
An old man is cutting a cherrywood block with New Year verses, while a woman, dressed to welcome in the New Year, is using a baren to print the red block. Her ink brush is in the red ink; the print on the right-hand pile shows that she has already printed the blue block. It is not known if women printed surimono, but women print designers are known. However hard this pair work, a mountain of work apparently remains as eternal a fixture of the world as Southern Mountain (Nan-shan or Nanzan, the name of one of the poets) in North-West China. On the screen is written: A life as old as Southern Mountain (Nanzan), a phrase to celebrate a long life or unending success at work. Nanzan has travelled from distant Yamaguchi to celebrate his long life by welcoming the spring in cock-crowing Edo. The print was made for the year of the cock.
Object Number: P.438-1937
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
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