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Barens used for rubbing the back of the paper against the inked block in Japanese printmaking. See illustrations GA.03209.03-.04. A baren is made of four parts. A stiff disk formed of paper layers pasted together is turned up at the edge to form a shallow receptacle. It is covered with cotton cloth. A second disk of twisted cord fits into this receptacle and is held in place by a bamboo sheath drawn tightly over it and twisted together on the back to form a handle wrapped with additional paper. See illustrations GA.05028-29 diagramming the method of printing with the baren. One baren is divided into its constituent parts; there are several barens registered under this number.
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overall: 12 cm; x 4 23/32 in
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Gift of T. Tokuno, Chief of the Japanese Bureau of Engraving and Printing (Insatsukyoku), 1889-90
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National Museum of American History
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