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Asian Art
Artist: Kubo Shunman, Japanese, 1757–1820

Three Antiques, from the series Esteemed Objects: Leather; Inrō; Netsuke (Meibutsu: Kawa; dō inrō; dō netsuke)

ca. 1810

Surimono, horizonatl ko-ban; polychrome woodblock print with gold and silver pigment, yellow copper powder, lacquer, and gauffrage

sheet: 4 15/16 × 7 1/16 in. (12.5 × 18 cm)
Gift of Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian, B.A. 1970

窪俊満 「銘物 革 同 印籠 同 根付」 江戸時代

This print shows three items, each a renowned curio (meibutsu). From right to left are an inro (a tiered lacquer medicine container), what appears to be a white leather object, and a “seal with ring chain” (renkan injō), which could be used as a netsuke (a stopper to suspend an inro). Despite its small size, this surimono is technically complex: the shiny black lacquer on the inro was difficult to apply; an image of a traveler’s backpack on the inro has a design in silver, and it sits on a narrow path lined by ivy and mountains in yellow copper. Much of the application required a high level of technical skill. The artist of the print, Kubo Shunman, operated an atelier and must have experimented extensively to achieve these sophisticated results.

On view
Edo period (1615–1868)
Works on Paper - Prints

Hayashi Tadamasa (1853–1906) (seal), Paris, France. Acquired by Joan B. Mirviss (dealer), New York; sold to Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian, Koenigstein im Taunus, Germany, 2003 (on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2017–2020); given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2020


Sadako Ohki and Adam Haliburton, The Private World of Surimono: Japanese Prints from the Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian Collection (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2020), 180–82, no. 48, ill.

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