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Spring Rain Collection (Harusame shū), vol. 1: Duck and Scallions

Ryūryūkyo Shinsai (Japanese, active ca. 1799–1823)

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1810s
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Privately published woodblock prints (surimono) mounted in an album; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
5 5/8 x 7 9/16 in. (14.3 x 19.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
JP2040
  • Description

    Surimono are privately published woodblock prints, usually commissioned by individual poets or poetry groups as a form of New Year’s greeting card. The poems, most commonly kyōka (witty thirty-one syllable verse), inscribed on the prints usually include felicitous imagery connected with spring, which in the lunar calendar begins on the first day of the first month. Themes of surimono are often erudite, frequently alluding to Japanese literary classics in both texts and images.

    Duck cooked with scallions was a special culinary treat for the New Year’s season.

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