The Kaibo Zonshinzu Anatomy Scrolls

The Kaibo Zonshinzu Anatomy Scrolls that were painted in 1819 by a Kyoto-area physician named Yasukazu Minagaki (1784-1825), consist of beautifully realistic, if not gruesome, depictions of scientific human dissection.
These realistic illustrations show blood and other fluids leaking from subjects with ghastly facial expressions. According to the Keio University Library (where these documents are currently stored), the two scrolls contain 83 illustrations based on Minagaki’s observations of over 40 bodies. They are regarded as the best collection of early 19th-century anatomical drawings by a Japanese hand.

The Kaibo Zonshinzu Anatomy Scrolls



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