Nov 12, 2019

Falcon on a Willow

Falcon on a Willow

c. 1780

attributed to Isoda Koryūsai 磯田湖龍齋

(Japanese, 1735–1790)

Color woodblock print with hand coloring; stonerubbing technique (ishizuri-e)

Overall: 77.5 x 29.8 cm (30 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.363



The technique here is marked by white lines and areas set against a dark background. Damp paper was placed on a carved wooden block and pressed into the engraved incisions. The paper was then hand colored, the sunken areas remaining white and appearing in reserve against the colored background. The effect is meant to resemble a stone rubbing, a traditional technique in China used to reproduce and preserve images on monuments on paper.

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