Dazzling in design and technique, and usually small in size, surimono have been described as ‘jewels of Japanese printmaking’ and have a wonderful visual appeal. Beginning with works demonstrating the origins of surimono in 18th century Japan, this exhibition allows the visitor a rare glimpse into the culture and customs of the time. Including images of women, stories from myth and legend, scenes from the kabuki theatre and rare still lifes, the exhibition draws attention to the poetry found alongside the images, providing further insight into Japanese culture of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Totoya Hokkei, The Famous Calligrapher Ono no Tofu Watches a Jumping Frog, woodblock print with metallic pigments and embossing, c.1820
Utagawa Kuniyasu, A Tightrope Walker as the Priest Sōjō, woodblock print with metallic pigments and embossing, 1830s
Yashima Gakutei, Butterfly, woodblock print with metallic pigments and embossing, c.1829
Size: up to 50m/150sqm
Availability: from spring 2019
Contents: 25 surimono prints from the collections of the Ashmolean. All mounted and framed for wall hanging. Display technique can be discussed if a cased exhibit is required. Surimono prints are compact in size so this display will be more suited to smaller spaces.