初日に舞う鶴 (Crane at Sunrise)
Description: This design - based on an original by Koryusai - incorporates two of the most important symbols of the New Year in traditional Japanese culture: the long-lived crane, and the first sunrise of the new year. To make the print - which I used for my own new year card some years ago - I carved the image onto blocks of mountain cherry, and then used fine quality hand-made Japanese paper to pull the impressions.
Shall we zoom in a bit closer?
A special feature of the print is its use of the karazuri (embossing) technique. To see this in the way that the viewers of that century did, one must turn off any overhead lighting and hold the print near a window or lamp. The light falling horizontally across the print will then highlight the embossments and allow the full texture of the beautiful Japanese paper to be enjoyed. rnShall we go a bit closer still ...
And ... just because we can ... still closer!
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