Posted 2 years ago
This measures 4" x 5" x 1.25" unframed. It is very nicely framed and apparently has a maker's mark carved into it. I've had this for maybe a decade and no one has ever been able identify its purpose or the maker. Some have guessed that it is a printing block but I've never seen a carved, as opposed to etched, stone printing block before. It would seem to be a difficult medium to carve into a printing block and perhaps too fragile, to boot. Not sure what type of stone this is, either. I have read that the ancient Chinese used carved stone printing blocks and seen a few images but nothing as apparently modern as this piece. The last image of the block I set to gray scale and inverted the colors to suggest what a print made from this block would look like.