Surimono served as a popular format for 19th-century kacho-e (bird-and-flower pictures). It spoke to an increasingly sophisticated clientele, one that had money to spend on private commissions completed with luxurious materials like gold and silver. Surimono were generally small format images commissioned in honor of celebrations like the New Year, which combined illustrations with printed poetry and text. Shinsai’s surimono combines four of the most important symbols of perseverance and good fortune—the pine, bamboo, plum blossom, and the crane—embellished with metallic pigment, making this image is a very auspicious gift. Poems by Hasansha Kaneichi and Kokinsha Eiga.