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Printing Block (probably India), 19th century

This is a Printing block. It is dated 19th century and we acquired it in 1968. Its medium is wood and its technique is wood carved in relief. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.



Jaipur, India, was one of the leading centers for producing block-printed cotton fabrics. After designs were worked out on paper, the paper would be pasted onto a wooden block to guide the carver.

This object was donated by Harvey Smith. It is credited Gift of Harvey Smith.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 43.5 x 23 cm (17 1/8 x 9 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Printing Block (probably India), 19th century; wood; H x W: 43.5 x 23 cm (17 1/8 x 9 1/16 in.); Gift of Harvey Smith; 1968-135-56

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Paisley.

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