Four large woodblock-printed acupuncture charts, entitled: "Gyojin meido no zu," "Sokujin meido no zu," "Fukujin meido no zu," and "Jinshin gozo no zu," each measuring 875 x 323 mm., depicting various views of the human body & demonstrating the Chinese art of acupuncture and moxibustion as practiced in Japan. The four charts are printed on paper and heightened in colors. The charts have been very carefully mounted & joined on one large sheet of old paper (total size: 1860 x 655 mm.) at an early date & rolled into scroll format. [Japan]: Rinbunen, 1661
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A handsome and complete set of four woodblock-printed acupuncture charts, created in Japan for the medical profession. These are very rare and are based on various texts which were introduced into Japan from China in the beginning of the 17th century. The chief source for the woodcuts is Dou's Shinkan Kotei meido kyukyo [trans.: The Yellow Emperor's Canon of Moxibustion], published several times in Japan in the first half of the 17th century. It is a rare collection of dissertations on moxibustion and acupuncture. This work is a commentary and explanation of the Ling-shu, which "formed [along with the Su Wen] the theoretical basis of classical Chinese medicine…the Ling-shu…discusses mainly therapy - mostly centered on medicinal prescriptions, but also including physical therapies such as bonesetting and breathing exercises, and stimulation treatments such as acupuncture, moxibustion and massage."-Sugimoto & Swain, Science & Culture in Traditional Japan, p. 85. The charts were designed to be hung on walls for reference, each with names and locations of meridians printed at top: 1. "Gyojin meido no zu" [trans.: "Front View Human Profile 'Ming tang' Acupuncture Theory"]. Highlighted in yellow, brown, blue, and white. 2. "Sokujin meido no zu" [trans.: "Side View Human Profile 'Ming tang' Acupuncture Theory"]. Highlighted in yellow, brown, blue, and white, with names of the pressure points. 3. "Fukujin meido no zu" [trans.: "Back View Human Profile 'Ming tang' Acupuncture Theory"]. Highlighted in yellow, brown, blue, and white. 4. "Jinshin Gozo No Zu" [trans.: "Illustrations of Human Internal Organs"]. Depicts the five main organs of the abdomen, hand-painted in white, brown, pale blue, dark blue, yellow, orange, green, and pink. There are red-painted dots to warn the practitioner when not to use moxibustion and red-painted triangles to inform the doctor when not to employ acupuncture. In fine condition. Minor wrinkling and a few minor wormholes.
(Inventory #: 6088)
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