Medium and Support:
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
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