Traditional Abstract Motifs

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Many of these Japanese motifs originated from China. During ceremonial occasions, in Japan, people wore interlaced circles, medallions, and other abstract designs. This stencil has ink stamps of other designs that would be carved into a different stencil to allow for the use of multiple colors. The lower half of the stencil contains Japanese characters. Made in: Japan. Date: 1820s. Record ID: chndm_1948-128-57.

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