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Geometric Pattern. c.1900. Dark ground Japanese stencil on mulberry paper treated with persimmon juice and smoked. Punch carving technique. 7 1/4 x 15 1/4 (sheet 12 5/8 x 18). The intricately carved squares are set on diagonals. A delightful komon (small motif) pattern. Ex-collection Helen Hyde. The dark and light areas are not in the stencil, but reflect the light where the stencil is not lying flat. $275.

This punched floral pattern uses two repeating chisels creates lozenges that look like flowers. An example of truly the most fine and skilled of all stencils carved. Miniature stencil patterns were typically punch or drill carved, as is this one.

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