Shinsai: Surimono for the year of the tigerShinsai: Surimono for the year of the tiger
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Ryûryûkyo Shinsai ( 1764?-1820)

Still life with wine pot, coral branch and a cloth, wrapped in a paper decorated with the design of a stretched out tiger. A New Year's surimono for the year of the tiger 1818.

Title: Toramaete sake nomashô (Let’s nab someone and make him drink)

Signature: Shinsai (embossed)

Date: 1818

Size: Kakuban, 20 x 17,3 cm

Very good impression in very good, delicate colours, with metallic pigments and strong relief printing, on thick paper. Margins partly trimmed. On the right margin four small binding holes and a vertical fold line. Minor rubbing and soiling. Very good overall condition.

A rare Surimono. Ill. in Mirviss/Carpenter, The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono, 1995, p. 146 f, no. 41, with a transcription and translation of the three poems, all of them dealing with the drinking of plum wine.