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Mariken van Nimwegen stamp

There's a legend associated with Nijmegen -- the legend of Mariken van Nimwegen ('Nimwegen' is the old name of Nijmegen). It's about a girl, Mariken, who was seduced by the devil in the disguise of Moenen. In the end she repented and was saved, not in the least because of the force of the payers of her uncle Gijsbrecht who was a priest.
There's a single copy of a book that was published in 1515 in Antwerp (the city where Moenen & Mariken went to) that told the legend. It was re-pubished in the early 20th century. And it contained woodblock prints. And those prints can be found online...


An impression of the stamp that I carved (in dark brown fluid chalk ink). The original can be seen here.
I'm pretty pleased with it -- except for the eyes. I messed that up.


The stamp, after being inked a few times. It's almost 10x10 cm. I used the orange 'Grade A' PZ Kut from the sampler pack. Initially I tried to use the MasterCarve block from the same sampler pack, but that was just too soft -- cost me an evening of work. :(


Close-up of part of the stamp. In this picture you can see the height difference quite well.

I might do the other prints as well -- do a series of stamps, so to speak.

Incidentally, the local games shop is called Moenen & Mariken -- I recommend them for all your gaming needs. :)
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