Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tibetan Anatomical Paintings

These Tibetan medical tangkas were "painted by the Nepalese tangka artist Romio Shrestha and his Tibetan, Nepalese, and Bhutanese students in Kathmandu during seven years in the late 1980's and early 1990's."

The Face of Impermanence

Images of Impermanence


Vulnerable Points

The Inner Mandala

Chakras and Energy Channels

Chakras and Energy Channels

Topographical Lines of Channels

"Thangkas illustrations of the points of the body associated with bloodletting, moxibustion and minor surgery, differentiated, respectively, by the use of the colors blue, yellow and red."

Bloodletting Channels

Dzogchen Channels

Cranial Physiognomy

Anatomy of Light

Anatomical Grids

some of these illustrations come from the book The Tibetan Art of Healing by Ian A. Baker - worldcat [link] Powell's books [link] - amazon [link]
others (along with many more) are from the American Museum of Natural History's collection "Body & Spirit: Tibetan Medical Paintings" [link]
Romio Shrestha's website [link]

Monday, July 20, 2009

Lebanese Political Posters

EDIT: Thank you to Aline for identifying Seta Manoukian as the author of the second 'Progressive Socialist Party' poster below.

The Progressive Socialist Party

The Progressive Socialist Party (Seta Manoukian)

The South - Lebanese National Movement (Anonymous, c. 1978-9)

The Assault on Saida is an Assault on the National Resistance (Omran Kaysi, 1985)

Saia Above the Arrows of Treason (Omran Kaysi, 1985)

Steadfast in the South - Independent Nasserist Movement - Murabitun (Anonymous, 1980)

The Lebanese Left

Against Imperialism and Zionism - Lebanese Communist Party (Anonymous, 1977)

The South and the Resistance

Your tricks are uncovered and justice will prevail (Anonymous, c. 1978-9)

Dar al-Fataal-Arabi (Helmi el-Touni, 1977)

Commemoration of Gamal Adb-el-Nasser's birthday. A green memory in days of drought Socialist Arab Union (Helmi el-Touni, 1989)

Quote from Yasser Arafat - PLO (Seta Manoukian and Walid Safi, 1960s-70s)

Dar al-Fata al-Arabi (Helmi el-Touni, c. 1977)

American University of Beirut Jafet Library's Political Posters 1960s-1980s collection [link]
for more great posters and thoughts on the power of the poster see Zeina Maasri's book Off the Wall: Political Posters of the Lebanese Civil War - on worldcat [link] at Powell's Books [link]

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Chicagoan

The Chicagoan was a Chicago culture magazine published from June 1926 until April 1935. In the years after it folded the magazine was largely forgotten about until 73 years later when Neil Harris rediscovered the magazine and published The Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age.

“It’s a crescent-shaped town, 26 miles by 15, along a great lake that’s begun to weaken and recede. No wonder. An unchallenged murder record — a splendid university — hobo capital to the country — railroad ruler, corn baron, liquor king — and the finest of grand opera. Altogether the most zestful spectacle on this sphere.”

June 14, 1926

March 26, 1927

October 8, 1927

March 10, 1928

April 7, 1928

August 11, 1928

September 22, 1928

April 27, 1929

March 15, 1930

April 26, 1930

October 25, 1930

January 17, 1931

March 28, 1931

June 6, 1931

See more at the Chicago Press online gallery [link]
Also see the book The Chicagoan : A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age - at Powell's [link] at worldcat [link]
various articles on the The Chicagoan [link] [link] [link]
wikipedia article [link]

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Japanese Historical World Maps

18th and 19th century Japanese world maps.

Bankoku sokaizu / Ishikawa-shi Toshiyuki. Hoei 5 [1708]

Oranda shinyaku chikyu zenzu / Hashimoto Naomasa Hakubin. Kansei 8 [1796]

Dai Nihon yochi benran / Giko Yamazaki. Tenpo 5 [1834]

[Oranda Chikyu zenzu : kan] / Tajima Ryukei. [between 1840 and 1868]

Chikyu bankoku sankai yochi zenzu / Sekisui Cho Harutaka [c. 1850]

Shochu bankoku zu / Kudo Tohe, Kaei 6 [1853]

Shintei - chikyu bankoku hozu. Unknown cartographer. Kaei 6 [1853]

Bankoku chikyu zu: zen / Mineta Fuko cho; Hashimoto Gyokuran mo; Murakami Goyu sho [c. 1853]

Bankoku chikyu bunzu : zen / Hashimoto Gyokuran. [between 1856 and 1868]

Sekai zu. Unknown cartographer. [c. 1860]

Shinkoku shochu kokai sekai zenzu / shukuzu Garyuken. Meiji 6 [1873]

Ansha sekai chizu : Higashihankyu no bu Nishihankyu no bu kan / koku Fukutomi Seisui : Fukutomi Seiri. Meiji 7 [1874]

Shinsen bankoku zenzu : zen / Sakai Sutehiko. Meiji 18 [1885]

Kaisei shinpan bankoku meisai zenzu : zen / Maeda Torakichi. Meiji 19 [1886]

Bankoku zenzu : zen / Yoshimura Sentaro. Meiji 21 [1888]

these maps are from Japanese Historical Maps from the East Asian Library of University of California, Berkeley [link]
more at University of Texas, Austin's Historic Maps of Asia [link]
also see Japanese Imperial Army Maps Online (in Japanese) [link]
and Tohoku University Library's Kano collection (in Japanese) [link]
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