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The eleventh animal in the Chinese zodiac is the dog, denoted by the Chinese characters 'gou'. This original linoleum block print shows a Shar-Pei, or Chinese Fighting Dog, in the grass. The print is limited to an edition of 30. The hand-carved block is inked with environmentally-friendly water-based inks and burnished (also by hand) onto Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper. The block itself is about 8" by 10.5" (20 cm by 27 cm) and is printed with a wide enough margin for framing on sheets 9.25" by 12.5" (23.5 cm by 31.8 cm).

The Year of the Dog occurs:
* 10 February 1910 - 29 January 1911: Metal Dog
* 28 January 1922 - 15 February 1923: Water Dog
* 14 February 1934 - 2 February 1935: Wood Dog
* 2 February 1946 - 21 January 1947: Fire Dog
* 18 February 1958 - 7 February 1959: Earth Dog
* 6 February 1970 - 26 January 1971: Metal Dog
* 25 January 1982 - 12 February 1983: Water Dog
* 10 February 1994 - 30 January 1995: Wood Dog
* 29 January 2006 - 17 February 2007: Fire Dog
* 2018 - 2019: Earth Dog
* 2030 - 2031: Metal Dog

Unsurprisingly, people born in the Year of the Dog are reputed to be loyal and reliable. The sort one turns to in a crisis. Dog people are supposed to be honest, intelligent, straightforward, but a bit eccentric.

This print would make a lovely gift for people born in the Year of the Dog and dog-lovers everywhere.

The other animals in the Chinese zodiac are all here:

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Ele Willoughby

Gou - The Dog - 11th in Chinese Zodiac - Linoleum Block Print Black and White Dog with Chinese Character

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: ink, carving tools, linoleum, brayer, barren, paper, japanese kozo paper
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
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