In Japan they celebrate Year of the Boar instead of Year of the Pig. Boars go straight ahead toward their goals, which this boar is doing, albeit at a leisurely pace.
Although there are two colours (black and grey), it is made from one block. To get the grey the carving in the body is shallow so that the baren (printing tool) doesn't press against it as it's being printed, but the paper gently falls into the inner area. (Please note: This results in minor print variations, see image.)
It is made from layers of sumi ink brushed on to a carved basswood block. The red stamp is says "Wybou" in katakana.
The print comes mounted in 8 x 10 conservation mat.
Paper size: app. 4 x 6 inches
Image size: app. 3 5/8 x 1 3/4 inches
Paper: Japanese handmade Kozo (mulberry bark)
Mat: Bainbridge Alphamat 8462 Wheat 8 x 10"
Packaged flat, hard backed, acid free crystal bag
Technique and zodiac animal descriptions included in package