by Dave Kellam

Japanese woodblock print

UCSF has a collection of Japanese woodblock prints available for your viewing pleasure. The archive consists of four hundred woodblock prints on health-related themes.

The Japanese woodblock prints offer a visual account of Japanese medical knowledge in the late Edo and Meiji periods. The majority of the prints date to the mid-late nineteenth century, when Japan was opening to the West after almost two hundred and fifty years of self-imposed isolation.

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