Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The UCSF Japanese Woodblock Print Collection - Medical woodblock prints from 19th-century Japan

Pregnancy guide -- Hamano Teisuke, 1880 [+]

Ten realms within the body -- Utagawa Kuniteru III, c. 1885 [+]

Pills to cure toxic illnesses such as syphilis and gonorrhea -- Artist unknown, late 19th century

''The UCSF Japanese Woodblock Print Collection consists of four hundred Japanese woodblock prints on health-related themes. Of those, more than half are colorfully illustrated in the ukiyo-e manner, the remainder being printed single-sheet texts. From the treatment and prevention of diseases like smallpox, measles, and cholera, to the stages of pregnancy and drug advertisements, these prints offer a unique window into traditional Japanese attitudes toward health and illness''...

Ad for drug to improve handwriting and reading skills -- Utagawa Yoshitsuya, 1862

Foods that can be eaten by measles patients -- Utagawa Yoshimori, 1860s

Eye, ear, nose and hand -- Ochiai Yoshiiku, c. 1865

Defeating cholera -- Kimura Takejiro, 1886 [+]

Teaching on harmonious body and mind -- Utagawa Yoshikatsu, 1850 [+]

Illustrated guide to parental obligations -- Utagawa Yoshitora, 1880 [+]

Seller of eyeglasses -- Katsushika Hokusai, c. 1811-1814

Illustrated account of cholera prevention -- Taiso Yoshitoshi, 1877 [+]

Defeating measles (personified as a child) -- Utagawa Yoshifuji, c. 1840

Pregnant women playing in summer heat (5 heads, 10 bodies) -- Utagawa Kunitoshi, 1881 [+]

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