Illustrated scroll on paper entitled “Gozo roppu” and “Keiketsu” [trans.: “Illustrated scroll of the Five Organs and Six Viscera” and “Pressure Points illustrated”]. Scroll on thin paper (275 x 3780 mm.), with numerous pen, ink, and color drawings. At end, we find in Japanese “copied by Saburouemon [and] Yojuro Igarashi 1708 at Aizu, Tashiromura Village.”. ANATOMY.
Illustrated scroll on paper entitled “Gozo roppu” and “Keiketsu” [trans.: “Illustrated scroll of the Five Organs and Six Viscera” and “Pressure Points illustrated”]. Scroll on thin paper (275 x 3780 mm.), with numerous pen, ink, and color drawings. At end, we find in Japanese “copied by Saburouemon [and] Yojuro Igarashi 1708 at Aizu, Tashiromura Village.”

The Five Organs & the Six Viscera

Illustrated scroll on paper entitled “Gozo roppu” and “Keiketsu” [trans.: “Illustrated scroll of the Five Organs and Six Viscera” and “Pressure Points illustrated”]. Scroll on thin paper (275 x 3780 mm.), with numerous pen, ink, and color drawings. At end, we find in Japanese “copied by Saburouemon [and] Yojuro Igarashi 1708 at Aizu, Tashiromura Village.”

A most unusual scroll concerning the organs central to traditional Chinese medicine’s concept of how the human body works: heart, liver, spleen, lung, and kidney along with the small intestine, large intestine, gall bladder, urinary bladder, stomach, and the so-called “triple burner.” In Japan, the study of traditional Chinese medicine, which was introduced in the 6th century, is known as kanpo. By the 15th and 16th century, kanpo began to have independent concepts, diverging from traditional Chinese and Buddhist practices and theories.

The manuscript begins with kanji characters (“Ihomyo” or “Yuihomyo”) saying “Thoughts about the Buddhist way of life pulse.” This is followed by images of the five organs, all color coded (lung is white, heart is red, liver is blue, spleen is yellow, and kidney is black), then follows a similar image of their corresponding elements: air, metal, fire, water, and earth, labelled in Sanskrit and with the directions in Japanese. Extensive text is next with a description of the organs and the meridians.

The next image depicts the organs which is followed by an illustration of a head with the five elements below: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The next illustration depicts the spine and the “triple burner.” Individual parts of the body are shown next: eyes, tongue, ears, bones, muscles, blood, nose, skin, teeth, meat, finger, breast, energy, and hair. Next is a depiction of the entire anterior body with the spine revealed. Each bone of the spine has a number which are connected to a specific organ. Pressure points are displayed. This is followed by an extensive discussion of pressure points, which size of needle should be used, therapies, etc.

The next large illustration shows the front of the entire body with pressure points depicted. Again, there is a long account of the pressure points, moxibustion, etc. This is followed by two different side views, again with pressure points and text discussing acupuncture, moxibustion, and herbs.

The final image depicts a statue of Buddha with a background of the five organs.

Minor staining and wear. A few minor tears and holes have been carefully repaired.

Price: $7,500.00

Item ID: 6240

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