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Chinese Woodblock Prints

From Metropolitan Museum of Art collection.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Children at Play in a Garden
Woodblock printing first appeared in China around 600, probably following by the much older use of bronze or stone seals to make imprints on clay and silk. At first, woodblock printing was mainly used for printing calendars, calligraphy, charms as well as books on agriculture and medicine. In 762, the first commercially printed books were sold in the markets of the Tang capital, Chang’an. By the end of Tang dynasty, the process for block printing on paper was perfected.
The limitations of woodblock printing led to the invention of moveable-type printing during the Song dynasty. In China, because of the thousands of ideograms required to write in Chinese, moveable type was not as efficient as it would be four hundred years later in Western Europe so woodblock printing remained popular in China and Chinese woodblock prints golden age spanned from the late 16th through the 19th century.
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Narrow Valley (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)

Narrow Valley (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)

Original painted by Li Gonglin (Chinese, ca. 1041–1106)

Children at Play in a Garden

Children at Play in a Garden

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Children at Play in a Garden

Children at Play in a Garden

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Standing Buddha

Standing Buddha

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

A Happy Marriage Symbolized by the Golden Sparrow
Woman Playing with Three Children

Woman Playing with Three Children

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Mountainside View: Page from The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting

Mountainside View: Page from The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Paintin...

Original painted by Juran (Chinese, active 10th century)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Ke Jiusi (Chinese, 1290–1343)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Li Liufang (Chinese, 1575–1629)

Mountain in Spring (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)

Mountain in Spring (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)

In the Style of Hwang Yifeng (Chinese, 1269–1354)