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    Posted 2 years ago

    kwqd
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    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.

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    1. TreasureTex TreasureTex, 2 years ago
      I was just reading about "stone engraving" and I see a large number of websites showing work done with stone engraving machines. It's just a form of art using an engraver to etch out slabs of stone. Interesting and a great idea. I think that explains what I have out in the garage that I couldn't figure out either.
    2. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      @TreasureTex - You may be right. I will investigate this.

      Thanks for loving my owl art!

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    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my probably engraved stone printing block!

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    4. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks, aura!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you very much Hunter!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you MALKEY!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my owl art Jewelryantiquelover?
    8. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks iggy!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you clockerman!
    10. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for stopping by Vynil33rpm!
    11. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you ho2cultcha, Anik and cameoboy!
    12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 2 years ago
      I love that !!!!!
    13. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Me too! Thanks SEAN68!
    14. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 2 years ago
      Just my thoughts, it has a Greek feel to me, maybe a tourist item??
    15. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      @Mrstyndall - Thanks for your comment! I don't think it is Greek or a tourist item. I looked at a lot of Greek art and couldn't find anything in this style. It feels more Asian to me. I don't think it is a tourist item, either, as it appears to be very utilitarian, something meant to be used, not looked at. While it is in a very nice frame, if you look at the actual framing technique used, that is very crude. I have found some very similar Japanese woodblock prints. Prints made from this block are less detailed than woodblock prints, however, possibly because stone is much more difficult than wood to carve. So, I am leaning toward Asian, possibly Japanese, or influenced by that style. I think it is a tool being displayed as a piece of art.
    16. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      This is so cool Kevin.
      It may well be a Japanese printing block. They have great regard for owls and they are an important part of their culture. Of course there is also the wood carving, so Japan springs to mind too.
      Someone else thought it was cool too, framing it like that!
    17. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comment, Karen. I'm glad someone thought to frame and preserve it!
    18. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you Nathaniel.J!

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