Ki Baitei, Shrine servant, a colour woodblock surimono print
Edo period, around AD 1800
Surimono (literally 'printed things') were limited edition prints of superior quality, usually given to friends and acquaintances on special occasions, such as the New Year. This shows a servant at a shrine, who is wearing an eboshi, originally the court hat of the Heian period (AD 980-1185). He holds a rake to sweep up the fallen autumn leaves.
Ki Baitei (1734-1810)
was born in Kyoto, and became a pupil of Yosa Buson (1716-83). He
painted in the
The signature reads ‘Kyūrō' and the seal beneath reads 'Baitei'.