Hokkei: Surimono of Swimming Turtles and Plum Branch (SOLD)

  • Sold.

Artist: Totoya Hokkei (1780-1850)
Title: Swimming Turtles and Plum Branch
Date: ca. 1825

Three turtles swim in an eddy amidst floating seaweed. One seems to look at a poem that has been overlaid with a branch of flowering plum. The poem is sighed Shikyô and seems to herald the coming of spring. It may read:

Yorozu yo no, Haru tatsu sora ni, Uguisu no, Hatsune o matsu no mo ni

Asobu kame

Provenance: Beres Collection (Seal Verso)

Dimensions: Shikishiban  (21.1 x 18.8 cm)
Signature: Hokkei
Condition: Excellent impression. Good color and condition.