Parody of the Lucky Gods Surimono

by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

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Parody of the Lucky Gods Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Hokkei (1780 - 1850) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Parody of the Lucky Gods Surimono

Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Surimono - Surimono are an exclusive subcategory of Japanese woodblock prints. Poetry clubs commissioned these designs for distribution to a small audience of members, most often as New Year's greetings. These privately published images included a wonderful range of subjects and lavish printing techniques such as embossing, burnishing, and metallic pigments. Since surimono were not sold commercially, the print runs were very small and original Edo era surimono are incredibly rare in the market today.

During the 1890s, publishers reprinted some of the most popular designs by famous artists like Hokkei, Gakutei, Hokusai and others. In keeping with the surimono tradition, the Meiji printings were equally exquisite, printed with the finest inks and embellished with embossing, lacquered pigments, and other design features. In some cases, the original Edo era prints no longer exist, making the Meiji reprints the only record of these subjects. These fascinating and beautifully printed images continue to delight collectors today.

Parody of the Lucky Gods Surimono - Charming Hokusai surimono design of a beauty and two men in a parody of Japan's beloved Seven Lucky Gods. The man at left holding a tobacco pouch represents Daikoku, the beauty stands in for the goddess Benten, and the man at right holding a sake cup and folding fan is meant to be Ebisu. A folding screen behind them features a view of Mt. Fuji. An attractive design, nicely detailed with embossing on the snow on Mt. Fuji and the white kimono collar and light blue obi of Daikoku.

Artist - Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Image Size - 8 1/4" x 7 1/4"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Small hole. Toning, slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Parody of the Lucky Gods Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)
Parody of the Lucky Gods Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)