SHUNMAN (1757–1820). Three votive plaques
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: 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
Price: Euro 4500