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Woodblock of women making silk (recto) and new kites (verso)

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Woodblock of women making silk (recto) and new kites (verso)

Utagawa Yoshifuji, Japanese, (1828–1887)
Yoshu Chikanobu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Yoshitsuya, Japanese, (1822–1866)

Creation date: 1864 (verso)
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock Block
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 1943.24
Dimensions: 15 7/16 in. x 10 1/2 in. x 1/2 in. (39.21 cm x 26.67 cm x 1.27 cm)
Currently on view


Allan Rothero, United States ( - October 27, 1943)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (October 27, 1943 - )

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The blocks used in the creation of Japanese woodblock prints were reused multiple times on both the front and back sides. This block, called the key block, was used to print the black outline for two unrelated compositions. Separate blocks would have been carved for each color that was added to complete the print. On one side is an interior scene, and on the other side are a series of designs used in the making of small, box-shaped kites that would have been flown on festival days. In the photographic image is a page of kite designs from the same series as those produced from this block.
Last Updated: 2/16/2011


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Prints from the San Diego Museum of San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 6/5/2011

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00

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