SHUNMAN (1757–1820). Three votive plaques. (Sold)
Artist: KUBO SHUNMAN (1757–1820)
Subject: Three votive plaques (ema).
Description: Three votive plaques: a frame with three poems, a camellia branch with a bird and a court lady next to an itinerant monk at Kiyomizu-dera. The two paintings probably refer to episodes in the life of the poet and monk Saigyō Hōshi. The surimono is the forth panel in a rare series of seven forming a continuous view of the upper gallery of an imaginary outdoor gallery of votive pictures (emadō).
Series: Seven Pictures for Hisakataya (Hisakataya shichiban no uchi).
Signature: Artist’s seal Shunman. Poems signed Suihōtei Komatsu, Kajitsutei Tokiwa and Hisakataya.
Date: mid or late 1810’s.
Publisher: Privately published by the Hisakataya poetry club
Size: Shikishiban surimono, 20,3x18,2 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. 7. The complete set of seven surimono is illustrated in the auction catalog of the Crawford Collection, Fine Japanese and Korean Art, including the Crawford Collection of Surimono. New York: Bonhams, 2021, lot 845.
Remarks: Another impression is in the collection of the Harward Art Museum no. 1933.4.1342.
Conditions: Fine impression, color and conditions.
Item no: D 403