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Memorial Surimono

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

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.


2nd month, 1883


Shibata Zeshin
Japanese, 1807-1891

About this artwork

This memorial print was created to commemorate the seven-year anniversary of Sasaki Chikuju, a little-known haiku poet from Osaka. Memorial prints such as this became common in the mid- to late 19th century because they served as a visually pleasing way for poets, public figures, and those with cultural interests to remember a departed friend or teacher. These prints became an extension of the memorial service, a way for distant people to honor the deceased in words; here 202 people wrote commemorative poems. Such prints were also given to the participants at the memorial service.
The host of the print (and probably also the memorial service) was Sasaki Ippu, a son of the departed Chikuju. Another person, who called himself Chikufu Koji and was possibly a teacher of both father and son, wrote the title of the inscriptions at the upper right.


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Arts of Asia


Shibata Zeshin


Memorial Surimono


Japan (Artist's nationality)

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Color woodblock print; surimono


58.2 × 44.5 cm (22 15/16 × 17 9/16 in.)

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Charles H. Mitchell Collection unrestricted gift

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