|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
| Also kimekomi きめ込み or nikuzuri 肉摺
(flesh printing). A special printing technique used to raise the paper surface
of a color woodblock print *ukiyo-e
浮世絵 to create a slight three-dimensionality. It may be used to enhance the curves
of a woman's body or the bulge of a warrior's muscles (hence flesh printing),
or perhaps the feathers on a bird or piled-up snow. Once printing of the color
blocks is completed, the print is placed back again face-down on the uninked original
"key" block that was used to print the black outlines sumi-ita 墨板. The
printer then presses down very hard on the paper with his elbow to force down
the paper into the gap between the raised ridges of wood on the block which originally
printed the outlines. This slightly sinks the outlines and raises up the area
in between. This technique is frequently encountered on prints by Suzuki Harunobu
鈴木春信 (1725-70) and Ippitsusai Bunchou 一筆斎文調 (worked 1765-73), but seems
to have been less commonly used as prints came to be more mass-produced.
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