SHUNMAN (1757–1820). Three tachibana oranges. (Sold)
Artist: KUBO SHUNMAN (1757–1820)
Subject: Three tachibana oranges
Description: Three tachibana oranges, a fruit often offered at the New Year celebrations, two textiles and a red lacquer sake cup. The textiles are probably a square wrapping textile (fukusa), decorated in silver with the emblem of the Asakusagawa poetry club, and a presentation cover, perhaps for a musical instrument, with a decorative knot and laces.
Series: From the series Tales of Ise (Ise Monogatari), this design refers to the Section 60 of this classical collection of 125 sections attributed to Ariwara no Narihira (825-80). At least nineteen designs in the series have been identified so far.
Signature: Shunman sei. Two poems, one signed Kokeirō Tsukuyumi and one with signature partially erased.
Publisher: Privately published by the Asakusa poetry club (also known as Tsubogawa for the jar shape emblem)
Size: Shikishiban surimono, 20,2x18,2 cm.
Medium: Woodblock color print with blind printing and metallic pigments.
Literature: Illustrated in our catalog, Surimono. Poetic Images in Japanese Prints. New Acquisition June 2022, no. 3.
Remarks: A previously unrecorded design. This is apparently the only known impression. Shunman used a similar subject also for one surimono in the series Tsurezuregusa.
Conditions: Very good impression and color, some holes restored, good conditions.
Item no: D 399