Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Shikishiban surimono, 208 x 178 mm
Signed: Oju Hokkei sha (designed by Hokkei on request)
Fine impression with karazuri, mineral powder and burnishing of the black; very good colour and condition.The surimono depicts three objects for the tea ceremony: a piece of charcoal, a lacquered box for the incense and a container for the tea powder wrapped in a fabric. The fabric shows two images of a hare which allows us to date the print to the year of the hare 1819.The poem, by Komatei Yamaga no Wabibito, reads:
In the spring wind the aromatic green tea mounts like the morning mist.
Another impression of this surimono was exhibited in the Janet Ostier gallery, Paris, in 1978, for an exhibition devoted to still life in Japanese prints. See the catalogue Les objets tranquilles. Natures mortes japonaises XVIII-XIX siècles, Paris 1978, no. 35, illustrated and also illustrated in colour on the cover.