Block Printing Set

c. 1900
$78 USD
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Dimensions
W: 4.5" D: 4.5" H: 1.25"
Materials
Wood
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Collection #
PP046A
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$5

Chinese innovations in ink, block printing and movable type fed the technological push toward expanding the written word's range of influence in the world. This printing push evolved out of Chinese Buddhism which embraced woodblock printing as an important vehicle to spread sutras and good spirits. Though the printing press is said to have been invented in China, it never offered as great efficiencies to the culture as it did to those in Europe due to the near endless numbers of Chinese characters and the labor involved in manipulating them. Each of the miniature blocks included in this type set was hand-carved with a Chinese character. It would have been used at the turn of the 20th century. Each is a unique and wonderful curiosity, providing an unusual look at a moment in time.

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