Start Dating japanese woodblock prints

Dating japanese woodblock prints

early 1800s Center sheet from triptych, Taking Shelter from a Sudden Summer Shower 14 1/8 x 9 in.

1790s From series Seasonal Poems Composed by Famous Women 10 7/16 x 15 3/16 in.

(26.5 x 39.4 cm) Two Lovers (or Shogun and Girl) Carrying Poles and Two Baskets Woodblock print, date unknown 15 ¾ x 11 5/8 in.

In 764 the Empress Kōken commissioned one million small wooden pagodas, each containing a small woodblock scroll printed with a Buddhist text (Hyakumantō Darani).

These were distributed to temples around the country as thanksgiving for the suppression of the Emi Rebellion of 764.

[..]The prints were produced with high-quality paper.

, moku-hanga) is a technique best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre of single sheets, but it was also used for printing books in the same period.

For centuries, printing was mainly restricted to the Buddhist sphere, as it was too expensive for mass production, and did not have a receptive, literate public as a market.