Japanese wooden printing block with oriental characters.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Japanese wooden printing block with oriental characters.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Patterns and symbols carved into the surface of wooden blocks like this were used to print not only fabrics but also sacred charms. Japanese writing was traditionally vertical rather than horizontal.
 

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10233217
 

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