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Printing block

Object Number: 
Z.1870
Date: 
1700-1800
Medium: 
Wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 5/8 x 6 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. ( 21.9 x 17.1 x 3.5 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on paper collector's label affixed to reverse: "2559 / Fr." carved: on two short sides: "7209"
Description: 
Rectangular wooden printing block (probably for textiles) with scattered circles, dots, and other small figures carved in relief and surrounded by a dense arrangement of metal spikes; indentations carved on two edges of reverse to facilitate gripping by hand.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group