The paper mulberry, c 1690.

Van der Gucht, Gerard

The paper mulberry, c 1690.
3 6 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm

Description

Engraving by G van der Gucht, showing a branch of the real paper mulberry, or kozo, (right), contrasted with a spurious example (left). Fibre from the mulberry is used for making fabrics and for paper. From 'The History of Japan' (1727) by Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716). Kaempfer was a German physician working at the Dutch trading post in Japan from 1690-1692. On his return to Europe he wrote 'The History of Japan' which records many aspects of the country in the Genroku period (1688-1704).

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