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A Giant Radish, Chrysanthemums, and Ferns

A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.


About 1820


Ryuryukyo Shinsai (Japanese, active 1799–1823)

About this artwork

This is a specific type of print known as a surimono, which means “something printed.” Prints of this type were produced on thicker paper than standard woodblock prints, and they were never sold—only privately commissioned. As a result, they did not carry the censorship or publisher’s seals required on commercial prints. Surimono were used among small groups of like-minded intellectuals as invitations or announcements and to celebrate the new year or other special events.


On View, Gallery 107


Arts of Asia


Ryuryukyo Shinsai


A Giant Radish, Chrysanthemums, and Ferns


Japan (Artist's nationality)

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Color woodblock print; surimono


21.5 × 19 cm (8 1/2 × 7 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

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