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MEDICAL INSTRUMENT No picture available

 

A RARE CHINESE MEDICAL INSTRUMENT

CHINESE TORTOISE SHELL BLEEDER.  ELABORATELY CARVED CHINESE TORTOISE SHELL POCKET BLEEDER.
[China nd.ca.1790-1800]. Elaborately carved tortoise shell case, c. 2.3 wide x 7.5 cm. tall, 1.3cm. thick, with hinged top, sterling silver inner lined cover, top with red velvet internally. Exterior including all edges are finely carved, reminiscent of similar pattern and subjects found on classic Chinese cedar chests carved in Canton and South China area. The exterior is tortoise shell fixed to the silver interior with two small rivets on the side with cherry-blossom like design, above which is a silver tab, used to open and lock closed the top hinged cover. The bottom is carved in the traditional Buddhist swastika. The delicate & intricate carving is done in the Southern style, with open gardens, tropical trees showing people relaxing & fanning themselves with large fans, commonly used in the hot, sultry South. The carvings show a story of filial piety taken from a Confucian text. The top portrays two elders [father & uncle ?] seated with canes, and on the opposite side the eldest son fans his aged father who reads a book. The lower or larger portion is a domestic scene of a family in their garden with large trees and small pagodas and bridges adorning. Opposite side shows a mother holding very large folding fan and her daughter embroidering a silk cloth. The upper portion show the father who also holds a round fan with his son nearby as the father faces & talks to him. Another child is also present in the garden. The opposite side shows the father & uncle in the garden. Upon opening the top, two distinct chambers are present, each holds a small English made steel knife blade of the thinnest grade sandwiched between two flat tortoise covers. Stamped on one is “GRICE” the other shows the British crown insignia with the letter “G” stamped. Each blade is riveted, the covers rotate open to reveal the blade and become a handle. They are 5.5 cm. long by 1 cm. at the widest. The cover tops of both are with very small chips missing which do not detract from the over high quality of the complete object. One blade may have a small chip off the tip, as this tip has two distinct sharp points, much like saw teeth for a ‘saw action’ to cut the skin and vein for bleeding. The two blades are contained in the case & the cover locks shut. The case is without flaw or defect. It has been miraculously preserved as issued. This medical instrument was used by both Chinese & Western physicians for blood cleansing treatment. This special elaborate Chinese carved case was part the doctor’s instruments and medical kits obtained in China. For an excellent & good general background see H. Wallnofer: CHINESE FOLK MEDICINE, p.50 for use of Cocculus thunbergii Mu Fang Chi snailseed achieves good results for cleansing of the blood. P. Huard: CHINESE MEDICINE. E. Hume: THE CHINESE WAY IN MEDICINE. L. Morgan: THE TEACHING OF SCI- ENCE TO THE CHINESE. I. Veith: HUANG TI NEI CHING SU WEN: THE YELLOW EMPEROR’S CLASSIC OF INTERNAL MEDICINE for excellent Chinese view on bleeding as a form of therapy: p.189 “One must first drain blood from the arteries in order to harmonize, and then one can suppose without further examination of the illness that health is to be expected.” On p. 205, reference to kidney health:…one should select from the vascular system those arteries which are controlled by the lesser Yin and the great Yang & should draw blood from them. To cure suffering from hand & foot “…Yin & Yang…one must first remove blood…”p.210. See also p.130 et al. See W. Morse CHINESE MEDICINE. The very high quality of carving should be appreciated. Carved with a very fine tool, even the facial features are skillfully done, much attention to the details of leaves, designs on the bridges, grass roofs, silken garments, coifferu &c. Color scans can be sent by e-mail. A unique and obscure item R A R E ! 

Price: $2500 US + s/hContact: jgs@rareorientbooks.com

Location: California

Posted: March 14, 2000

CALENDARNo picture available

 

A CHARMING CREPE PAPER BOOK WOODBLOCK COLOR ILLUSTRATED

CALENDAR FOR 1902: THE MONTHS OF JAPANESE CHILDREN.
[Tokyo 1900, Hasegawa.] Silk tied crepe paper wrappers,color woodblock printed by hand on hand made Masa paper, [16]p. color woodblock illustrations, [8] double folded leaves, English text & calendar, very good, 10 X 15.5 cm. R A R E
This charming work is not listed in F. Sharf: TAKEJIRO HASEGAWA, but several other calendars are listed on p.73-75.
Each month is depicted with wonderful genre pictures of the season, and a scenic representative spot. Most show how the children enjoy each of the months festivals, or celebrations. The cover shows an elaborately dressed girl in a Kimono as she pulls a large flower basket on a small cart while her younger brother looks on both hold fans. January: Merry street-scent on New Year’s day as children fly kites. February: Drum-beating at the festival of Inara, the God of Rice. March: School boy’s excursion [sic] the vernal equinox. April: Gathering shell-fish at ebb-tide. May: While the parents are busy with planting rice. June: Fireworks on the Sumida river. July: A siesta in a gentle breeze. August: Lanterns in the moon-light. September: Autumn flowers. October: Persimmons in grandfather’s garden. November: Catching birds with traps. December: Snow images. A wonderful addition to any collection. A color scan can be sent by e-mail. Q U I T E S C A R C E !

Price: $550 US + s/hContact: jgs@rareorientbooks.com

Location: California

Posted: March 14, 2000

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 ARS ORIENTALIS.
VOL. 09. THE ARTS OF ISLAM AND THE EAST.
[Washington D.C.] 1973, Freer. Buff cloth, very good, 156p., 303 b.w. photos, 2 fold out plates. Complete issue, excel-
lent reference & art history.  With articles… W. Watson: ON SOM E CATEGORIES OF ARCHAISM IN CHINESE BRONZE. K. Aga-Oglu: MING BLUE-AND-WHITE BOWLS OF LIEN-TZU TYPE. H. Garner: TWO CHINESE CARVED LACQUER BOXES OF THE FIFTENTH CENTURY IN THE FREER GALLERY OF ART. Miyeko Murase. FAN PAINTINGS ATTRIBUTE TO SOTATSU: THEIR THEMES AND PROTOTYPES. M. Medley: THE YUAN-MING TRANFORMATION IN THE BLUE AND RED DECORATED PORCELAINS OF CHINA & other articles on Chinese ceramics & Japanese art.  Write for details regarding fan references in this book.
Price: $200 US + s/hContact: jgs@rareorientbooks.com

Location: California

Posted: March 14, 2000

 

 

Collecting Fans by Susan MayorGood used edition, slight rubbing on front right hand corner where pricing sticker left residue.

 

Price: $40.00 US + s/hContact: Cheryl Melnick

Location: California

Posted: May 6, 1999

BookNo picture available205610. UZANNE (O.). L’éventail. Paris, Quantin, 1882, grand in-8, broche, couverture illustree en couleurs rempliee, 143-(1)pp. 550 F. Edition originale de cette histoire documenataire, pittoresque et anecdotique de l’éventail a travers les siecles, illustre par Paul Avril de compositions monochromes. Imprime sur beau papier verge.  La couverture a un peu souffert : mouillures claires et piqures legere, usure au dos, en pied. Excellent etat interieur.Price: 550 FContact: Le Tour Du Monde

Location: Paris, France

Posted: September 6, 1998

BookNo picture availableRhead, G. Woolliscroft Rhead: History of the Fan ; London: Kegan Paul, 1910. First, Near fine in original decorated blue cloth binding., 310 pages. Small folio with 27 full color plates and 100 half-tone illustrations as well as many line drawings. A truly beautiful book and rare in this condition., Fans Antiques Collectibles (UR#:BOOKS002666I)Price: $875.00 USContact: Frogtown Books, Inc.

Posted: April 5, 1998

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183. Rhead, G. Woolliscroft. History of the Fan. Philadelphia; J.B. Lippincott Company:1910. From the U.S. edition of 180 copies. A large and beautiful study, very well illustrated. Rhead begins with the origins of fans and Eastern examples, but the majority of the work is concerned with European and English fans of the 17th and 18th centuries. 10.5″x14″, 311 pages plus 27 color and 100 b&w illustrations, plus many line illustrations in the text. Overall a very nice and bright copy, with a minor fading to the front cover and several very minor scratches.

Price: $1250.00 USContact: Joslin Hall Rare Books

Location: Massachusetts, USA

Posted: March 23, 1998

BookPicture not availableUzanne, Octave: L’Eventail, ; Paris: A. Quantin, 1882]. 1st, 1/4 Calf,Fine, Colored vignette T/P. Meticulous & finely executed textual & marginal illustrations in reds, blues, greens & B/W by Avril., Former owner’s printed label on 6th fly. Original illustrated wrapper bound-in rear. Fore-edge of front board in brown calf as well, with marbled paper boards & end-papers. Light foxing to the prelims., by Paul Avril, French

Literature Romanticism (UR#:BOOKS000288I)

Price: US$125.00Contact:  Tamerlane Books

Location: Havertown, PA

Posted: April 5, 1998

BookPicture not availableUzanne, Octave: L’Eventail ; *UNK 1882 Illus. by Paul Avril, original pictorial wrappers bound in, foxing to end papers, bds., 3/4 red morocco, slight rub, chip. Boards: 3/4 red morocco leather combined with red marbled paper. Spine: raised bands, gilt stars and lettering. Corners bumped, edges, joints and spine extremities rubbed. Internally: Bright red marbled pastedowns and endpapers. Heavy foxing to original pictorial wrappers, but bright colors. All other pages VG, clean and bright.   #59583Shipping would be an additional $5.Price: US $275.00Contact:  The Bohemian Bookworm

Posted: April 5, 1998

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