Writing Utensils, Products of Arima

Katsushika Hokusai

Writing Utensils, Products of Arima


color woodcut

207 x 181 mm

Stanza del Borgo S.R.L.


+39 02 659 8203

$5,500 - $12,000

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Woodblock print, nishiki-e

Surimono, shikishiban

Signed: Fusenkyo Iitsu hitsu

Publisher: Yomogawa

Series: A Series of Horses Umazukushi

Very fine impression, embellished with metallic pigments, silver and gold. Fine colour and condition. 
The print depicts writing utensils: two doll-capped brushes and a portable brass writing set on a folded sheet of paper, in the foreground a sheathed knife and scissors.
In the background a Yatate, a Japanese personal writing set in the shape of a pipe.
Poem by Chikushien Itoyori, which refers to Mount Arima, its hot springs and bamboo grass.
Mount Arima is like the rouge on a bamboo / Grass base used by the women at the bathhouse / rustling gently in the Spring breeze.
Another impression of this surimono is preserved in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Inv. no. RP-P-1958-299.

Another impression of this surimono, coming from the Hayashi collection, is published in Edythe Polster - Alfred H. Marks, Surimono: Prints by Elbow, Washington, D.C., 1980, no. 305, p. 273, illustrated.
Another one is preserved at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Inv. no. RP-P-1958-299.
The Rijksmuseum impression has been published twice:
C. van Rappard-Boon And M. Forrer, Hokusai and his school, Amsterdam 1982; cat. no. 43, p.35
M. Forrer, Surimono in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam 2013; cat. no. 257, p. 139