Firefly Cage

Hotaru kago (LOC)

Firefly cage

This is a traditional Japanese woodblock print by Shōkoku Yamamoto done between 1900 and 1910.

My flickr contact The Library of Congress has a nice collection of them: Japanese Prints: Seasons & Places.

Incredible work.

More on Woodblock printing in Japan.

Consider how multiple colors are done, how registration is kept tight and all of this with more primitive tools than we have today.

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