Object ID
2008.37.14
Object Name
Block, Printing
Material
Lead; Wood
Object Entities
Damianos, John (is related to)
Object Description
Wood and cast lead printing block. The print design is a landscape of three figures standing in front of a stone structure with arched doorways. The figure on the far left is wearing a dark tunic and appears to be a male with longer hair. The center figure also appears to be a male wearing a hat, light-colored cape, and dark tunic. The figure on the far right is a bearded male who appears to be wearing a toga. The bearded figure has his head bowed and is being handed either a sheet of paper or a tablet by the figure in the center. There is Greek text on the paper/tablet, but not all the characters can be identified for a translation.
Origin
Donated by John Damianos. The printing block was used in a linotype printing machine. Linotype presses allowed for the casting of entire lines to be printed at a time. Linotype printing was eventually succeeded by lithograph printing and computer typesetting during the 1960's and 1970's. This printing block was used by the Chicago-based, The Greek Art Printing Company. It is unknown what the image on this printing block is supposed to represent.
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Citation
Block, Printing, Greek Art Printing Company Artifact Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9787. Accessed 01/16/21.