Engraving by G van der Gucht after a drawing by J G Scheuchzer based on a Japanese original. In the foreground is a procesion including servants carrying a noble in a palanquin. 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. He asembled a large collection, including natural specimens, costumes, books, calendars, and maps. On his return to Europe he wrote 'The History of Japan', which records many aspects of Japan in the Genroku period (1688-1704).
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