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Chinese Woodblock Prints

From Metropolitan Museum of Art collection.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Children at Play in a Garden, Qing Dynasty
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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Bodhisattva Manjushri (Wenshu) wodblock print
A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Xu Wei (Chinese, 1521–1593)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original by Tang Yin (Chinese, 1470–1524)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Hwa Dang (Chinese, Ming dynasty)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Wen Youke (Chinese, died 1079)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

In the Style of Huang Zujiu (Chinese, 1269–1354)

High Snow Peaks (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)

High Snow Peaks (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)

Original painted by Huang Guzu (Chinese, active ca. 900–960)

Study Pavilion and Plum Trees: Page from The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting
A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Bi Ji (Chinese, Tang dynasty)

Summer and Paulownia Tree (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)
A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

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

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)

Seeds and Aleurities Cordata (?): Page from The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting (Jieziyuan huazhuan)
Rock and Old Trees (A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan)
The Greatly Merciful Greatly Compassionate Rescuer from Suffering, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

Original painted by Hongren (Chinese, 1610–1664)

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

A Page from the Jie Zi Yuan

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

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)

Book of Chinese Designs, taken from the originals of Persia, of the Indies, of China and of Japan
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
Twenty-eight Star Gods of Longevity, Rank, and Happiness
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
Children at Play in a Garden, Qing Dynasty
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
Woman Playing with Three Children, Qing Dynasty
Three Scenes: Two Ladies from the Dream of the Red Chamber, A Very Happy Marriage, Departure for Hu Kwang Province
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
A Happy Marriage Symbolized by the Golden Sparrow
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
One hundred thirty-five woodblock prints including New Year's pictures (nianhua), door gods, historical figures and Taoist deities
Kingfisher, Cicada, and Willow Tree, Qing Dynasty
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