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April 23, 2011

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Charles

Woodblocks wear out quickly, especially when it's a popular print and many impressions are taken from the block. Areas of fine detail (usually in the face) tend to wear out first, and nobody wants to buy a portrait with badly printed face. So It was fairly common for woodblock artists to cut out the worn area around the face and insert a new piece of wood, and recarve it.

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