printing block

Skin printing block for tattooing made of a block of wood with one side carved with a raised pattern. The pattern is covered with a dark pigment. At one end of the block of wood is a hole, and at the other end there are two nails through the wood. On the back of the block is an inscription in pencil, which is mostly illegible, but the first two words 'Loran / Baram [...]' can be made out.

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