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Keyblock Print

校合摺り (Kyōgōzuri)


Keyblock print (kyôgô or kyôgozuri-e): an impression pulled from the first woodblock made by a carver (omohan or sumihan) from the artist’s original drawing. The artist would write instructions for each color on a separate key block print, and the woodblock for each color was cut using one of these as a guide. In addition to being a guide for carving the color woodblocks, the key block was also used to apply black ink (usually) in the final printing process. Glossary of ukiyo-e terms." Kuniyoshi Projects. Retrieved 2016-03-01.

Antique Japanese Ukiyoe Woodblock Keyblock Print Utagawa Kuniyoshi



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