A catalogue of privately commissioned original Japanese woodblock prints from the 19th century.
Surimono is the name given to a type of privately published Japanese woodblock print that became especially popular in the first third of the nineteenth century. Literally meaning “printed object”, surimono can refer to text, pictures, or frequently, a combination of the two. Often experimental in nature and published in limited numbers these works were produced without the restraints of commericial ukiyo-e printmaking, resulting in deluxe prints with an abundant use of gold and silver pigments, delicate and complicated colour palettes, elaborate embossing and complicated designs.
In this catalogue we present a collection of original surimono alongside Akashi surimono printed during the Meiji period.
All items are available to purchase now and will be on display in the gallery from the 15th to the 30th of March 2012.
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