This print, by Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787 - 1832), is my favourite surimono. We bought it a number of years ago, from a small gallery on the left bank in Paris. Surimono were privately published woodblock prints, not intended for sale to the general public, produced in small quantities using the very best papers and inks, often to be given as gifts or to commemorate notable events, or to celebrate special occasions such as the New Year. This one depicts the hermit Kōshohei (Chin. Huang Chu Ping) who, according to legend, led his herd of goats into the mountains and then remained there, in meditation, for the next forty years. His brother, who had been searching for him for many years, expressed surprise when he came upon Kōshohei and found that he no longer had his herd of goats with him. Kōshohei responded by pointing out a number of white stones on the ground nearby. Then, tapping them with his staff, he turned each one into a living goat. In this surimono, we see Kōshohei in the act of transforming a stone into a goat. The goat, looking a tad surprised and still rather rock-like, is springing to life, shaking off the greenery that once grew upon it.