In this linocut, Mary and Joseph stand under the star, observing the newborn baby Jesus. A lion reclines at their feet, representing both the messianic nature of Jesus and the tribe of Judah from which Jesus descends.
This is an original linoleum block print (linocut). The linocut print is a type of relief printmaking. In relief printmaking an image is carved on the surface of a block, usually wood or linoleum. The ink is then applied to the raised surfaces using rollers. The ink is received by the uncarved areas of the block leaving the carved areas untouched. These untouched areas will remain white when printed. The block is then printed by hand by placing the paper onto the surface of the block and using pressure to lift the image onto the paper. For this, the artist may use either a hand rubbing tool or an etching printing press. This image has been printed on an etching press.
This original print is printed on Japanese handmade paper. It is shipped to you in pH-neutral materials. Be sure to have your framer use acid-free materials when framing the print. This will prevent age deterioration of the paper and preserve the life of the original linocut for many years to come.
Hand-pulled, printed on handmade Japanese paper, signed by the artist. One of a limited edition of 10.
The print ships thoroughly protected by acid-free backing board, in a rigid envelope.