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Fantastic Voyage – Medieval Style Woodlock with Three Masted Sailing Ship

Medieval style image of a ship in a harbor.   Travelers arriving in the port are led by a strange figure with the head of a beast, carrying leaves that seem to symbolize bounty.  Fish have thrown themselves onto the shore.  This may be a depiction of visitors to the Land of Cockaigne, the medieval fantasy of a plentiful place of no cares or concern.

This piece is a bit of a mystery to us.   It was purchased with another woodblock signed Jacobi which is clearly 20th Century and has exactly the same dimensions as that piece.  We believe it may be a work by the same artist done in a medieval style.  Printed on chainlinked hand laid paper.  The two pieces would make a nice set.