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Set of Early 20th Century Chinese Wooden Printing Blocks

$78per item

About

Chinese innovations in ink, block printing, and movable type fueled global advancements in printing technology, expanding the range of influence of the written word. These printing innovations can be attributed to Chinese Buddhist devotees, who embraced woodblock printing as an important vehicle to spread sutras and good spirits. Though the printing press is said to have been invented in China, it never offered the same efficiencies to Chinese culture as it did in the West, due to the near endless numbers of Chinese characters and the labor involved in manipulating them. Each of the miniature wood blocks included in this early 20th-century type set was hand carved with a Chinese character. Each is a unique and wonderful curiosity, providing an unusual look at a moment in time.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 6.25 in. (15.88 cm)Width: 8.5 in. (21.59 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: SSS0381stDibs: LU820018551722

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  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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