Writing Utensils, Products of Arima, Arima San
By Katsushika Hokusai
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Edition size: n/a, early lifetime impression
Sheet size: 20,7 x 18,1 cm
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, 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