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Surimono woodblock prints: development, functions and peculiarities
School of Asian Studies
Not without a reason surimono is considered to be the gem of Japanese woodblock printing. These privately published luxury prints played a significant role in development of Ukiyo-e. However, surimono, with its special social and aesthetic functions of prints; peculiar formats that were corresponding to these functions; more complicated and high quality production, which involved very specific party of poets and calligraphers and exclusive materials, and unprecedented for any other genre variety of plots, can be considered as a very distinctive and well-developed printmaking tradition. This works aims to compile general information about surimono, analyses its historical background and focuses on mentioned peculiarities of the genre.