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JAPANESE WOOD ENGRAVINGS

Chinese characters than in the delineation of the human frame, as the reduced copy in Fig. 3 will show. Mr. Satow (loc. cit.) refers to other blocks which go back even as far as the beginning of the twelfth century;

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Fig. 3.—Reduced facsimilie of a wood engraving, attributed to the Buddhist priest Nichiren (1222–1282). (Author's Collection.)

but perhaps the most satisfactory are the series, one of which is reproduced in Fig. 4, signed by a priest named Riokin, and dated 1325, six years before the publication of the Chinese Kwanyin Sutra, and nearly a century