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Collection

Unknown

(Japan  – )

Title
Buddhist image [lower half]
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
early 19th century
Media category
Printing blocks & plates
Materials used
carved wood
Dimensions

38.8 x 27.1 x 1.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 2002
Accession number
222.2002
Location
Not on display
Further information

'The lower half of the Buddhist image is an example of fine craftsmanship with which the blockcutter has interpreted the original brushstrokes to depict different textures such as the monkey's fine fur, the guardian's coarse hair, the smooth and firm feathers of the birds, the flowing garments, the guardians' bulging muscles and so on. The prints made from woodblocks such as this would probably have provided inexpensive alternatives to painted scrolls for the worshippers to take home to adorn their family shrines.'

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 13 August 2002.