Yorkinobu Mirua Vol. 2

This fascinating Japanese treatise on anatomy is a handsome handwritten copy made by Yorkinobu Mirua in 1826 of the original pictures (now lost) painted by Ranshu Yoshimura in 1784. This volume, a religious interpretation of life and death contains over 10 large gruesome plates in color showing the progressive stages of the putrification of a female corpse.

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Kaitai Zu (anatomical pictures) Handwritten copy made by Miura, Yoshinobu in 1826 (9th year of Bunsei) of the original pictures painted by Yoshimura, Ranshu in 1784 (4th year of Temmei). The original are sketches of dissected corpse of a criminal named Heijiro (last name unknown) and are said to be the oldest pictures of this sort in Japan. But these original pictures are missing. Two volumes make a complete book. One is scientific and the other is a religious interpretation of life and death. This religious volume seems to have been added when Miura, Yoshinobu copied the book, or later when the book was compiled.

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