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Surimono (摺物?) are a genre of Japanese woodblock print. They were privately commissioned for special occasions such as the New Year. Surimono literally means "printed thing". [1]


In most cases Surimono were commissioned by poetry societies to illustrate the winning poem in a poetry contest judged by the master of the society. Such prints generally had a small format, and the relief carving of the Kanji characters took a great deal of technical skill. Kabuki actors also commissioned surimono prints to commemorate important events in their careers, such as changes of name and stage debuts of their sons.

See also


  1. "surimono". Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  • Hockley, Allen (2006). Public Spectacles, Personal Pleasures: four centuries of Japanese prints from a Cincinnati collection. Cincinnati: Cincinnati Art Museum. ISBN 0-931537-29-0. 

External links

  • Surimono on the website of the University of California at Santa Barbara Art Museum


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