hamegi 嵌め木
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
A plug used in *ukiyo-e 浮世絵 woodblock printmaking for making corrections or changes in the woodblock *hangi 版木. For example, a wooden pin which had been whittled down could be inlayed into an area to correct a small mistake, and the woodblock then recarved according to need. Additionally, these plugs were used to change the names and faces on late actor prints *yakusha-e 役者絵 or sumou prints *sumou-e 相撲絵. The rest of the keyblock, which included the remainder of the figure below the neck, could be used a number of times for different prints. A plugged keyblock of this type can be identified on a finished print by the presence of two thin-line breaks in the outline of a figure's neck at the collar.


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