We are offering for sale a nice antique Japanese woodblock. This appears to be a battle scene inside a temple or palace. The paper size is 14 3/4” x 9 3/4”. The condition is poor, with creasing on edges of paper with all soiling and some small tears overall.
FYI: Woodblock printing in Japan (Japanese: moku hanga) is a technique best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre; however, it was also used very widely for printing books in the same period. Woodblock printing had been used in China for centuries to print books, long before the advent of movable type. Woodblock-printed books from Chinese Buddhist temples were seen in Japan as early as the eighth century. It was only widely adopted in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1867). Although similar to woodcut in western printmaking in some regards, the moku hanga technique differs in that it uses water-based inks—as opposed to western woodcut, which often uses oil-based inks. The Japanese water-based inks provide a wide range of vivid colors, glazes, and transparency.
Ukiyo-e depicted the "pictures of the floating world"), is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. It was aimed at the prosperous merchant class in the urbanizing Edo period (1603–1867). Some the popular themes were depictions of beautiful women; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica. Ref: Wikipedia