A Doctor Makes a Deathbed Visit. Series “the Life of the Japanese”. Kawahara Keiga.

A Doctor Makes a Deathbed Visit. Series “the Life of the Japanese”.
Collection MAE RAS: МАЭ № 13-34/39-23
Image ID: 3708355
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Museum inventory number:
МАЭ № 13-34/39-23
Title:
A Doctor Makes a Deathbed Visit. Series “the Life of the Japanese”.
Author:
Kawahara Keiga
Dating:
1820-s
Location:
Japan
Materials:
silk textile, Japanese watercolours, ink, Japanese washigami paper, glue
Technics:
painting on silk
Dimensions, cm:
35.4 x 47.0
Collector:
Siebold, von Philipp Frantz
Commentation:
The list shows a visit of a doctor to a dying old man, who sits on his futon bed, being supported by one of the servants. A doctor examines his pulse. A son of the moribund man sits behind a screen, looking through some book (a medical tractate?) and talking to a doctor’s assistant, who is preparing medicines. A kusuri-ire medicine chest is beside him. At the background we see a women (daughter –in-law?) serving some tea. An iris, a morning-glory (asagao) and a blossoming nanten (Nandina domestica Thunb) tree indicate the season: early summer.