Xiao Ma Wu in “Spinning Cotton” (小馬五紡綿花)

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Here’s a print by the Dai Lianzeng workshop (戴廉增), Yangliuqing’s oldest-known woodblock studio. Dai Lianzeng himself (1735–1795) seems to have inherited an earlier business dating back to the seventeenth century; by the mid-nineteenth century the workshop was reputedly producing over a million prints a year. They closed in the 1930s. Simply designed and not especially accomplished – the overpainting is …