SHUNMAN (1757–1820). Three votive ema. (Sold)
Artist: KUBO SHUNMAN (1757–1820)
Subject: Three votive plaques (ema)
Description: Three votive plaques (ema): the Six Immortal Poets, flying geese and a pagoda made of coins. This surimono is showing the upper gallery of votive pictures in a temple or shrine. This is the seventh panel in the series.
Series: Seven Pictures for Hisakataya (Hisakataya shichiban no uchi).
Signature: Artist’s seal Shunman. Poems signed Sawanoya Katsumi, Mitsu no Shirabe and Hisakataya.
Date: mid or late 1810’s.
Publisher: Privately published by the Hisakataya poetry club
Size: Shikishiban surimono, 20,6x18,3 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. 8. Another impression in the Chester Beatty Library is illustrated and the poems translated in Roger Keyes. The Art of Surimono Privately Published Japanese Woodblock Prints and Books in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. London: Sotheby’s, 1985. , no. 322 and in Redfern, Mary. The Art of Friendship Japanese Surimono Prints. Dublin: Chester Beatty Library, 2017. , p. 80, no.78. 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.
Conditions: Fine impression, very good color, small restorations lower right corner, good conditions.
Item no: D 395