MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 7 X 10 1/2 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 70 pages, 32 of which have rare early color sketches & studies
CONDITION: Fine colors, lacking covers, edge page loss, generally poor to fair shape for the age.
NOTES: Original.
REFERENCE EXTERNAL LINKS: Sangoku Tsuran Zusetsu

ITEM ID: 1600
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Ainu of Ezo Manuscript

DATE
Year: 1785
Decade: 1780s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)
Notes: Tenmei 5

Japanese manuscript book on the Ainu of Ezo (Hokkaido), an Edo Period anthropological work on the indigenous people of the northernmost region of Japan, with studies of the Ainu people and their customs. The Shogun was particularly interested in the Ainu, as trade outposts were being developed in the southern regions of Ezo (Hokkaido) and the Japanese were coming into increased contact with the natives of that region.

According to scholar Akira Okawada, “One of my friends suggested that it might be a copy of Sangoku Tsuran Zusetsu, written by Hayashi Shihei (1738–93) which has published in Japan in 1785. It represents one of the earliest attempts to define Japan in terms of its outer boundaries.”