Paper, persimmon tannin, silk threads
Hand cut

This stencil depicts an ox cart wheel, a water wheel and a wheel of arrows, on a background of hare’s foot ferns.

Despite the exacting workmanship, this stencil is no longer usable – the fine spokes on the ox cart wheel and the water wheel, as well as the feathers of the arrows, have been damaged with repeated use.

Notice the fine netting, sandwiched in between two layers of the stencil, that help secure the finely cut paper and allow for some very delicate design work.