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Four large woodblock-printed acupuncture charts, entitled: "Jinshin gozo no zu," "Sokujin meido no zu," "Ojin meido no zu," & "Fukujin meido no zu," each measuring 892 x 323 mm., depicting various views of the human body & demonstrating the Chinese art of acupuncture as practiced in Japan. The four charts, all rather wormed, are printed on paper and heightened in colors. The charts, each folded, have been very carefully backed, with the orig. sheet backing each chart pasted-down on the opposing side of the new backing
[Japan]: 1661. 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 are designed to be hung on walls for reference, each with names and locations of meridians printed at top: 1. "Jinshin Gozo No Zu" [trans.: "Illustrations of Human Internal Organs"]. Depicts the five main organs of the abdomen, hand-painted in white, red, black, blue, yellow, beige, and pink. 2. "Sokujin meido no zu" [trans.: "Side View Human Profile 'Ming tang' Acupuncture Theory"]. Highlighted in red and blue, with names of the pressure points. 3. "Ojin meido no zu" [trans.: "Front View Human Profile 'Ming tang' Acupuncture Theory"]. Highlighted in red, rust, blue, and green. 4. "Fukujin meido no zu" [trans.: "Back View Human Profile 'Ming tang' Acupuncture Theory"]. Highlighted in red, blue, and rust. On the verso, there is a hand-written calendar giving days when acupuncture should not be used ("Cho byo bi") with references to gender-specified days to avoid acupuncture. There are red-painted dots throughout the explanatory text of each sheet warning the practitioner when not to use acupuncture.
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