Advertisement for Rakuzendo Pharmacy

Sensai Eitaku, Japanese, 1843 - 1890

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Period:
Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Date:
1880-90

Medium:
Color woodcut

Dimensions:
Sheet: 13 11/16 x 9 5/8 inches (34.8 x 24.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1988-102-36

Credit Line:
The William H. Helfand Collection, 1988

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  • PublicationPicture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection

    A woman and child read advertisements for medicines in two large scrolls. The scroll on the left discusses the indications and merits of three products sold by the Rakuzendo pharmacy in Tokyo: On-Tsu-Gan, pills for constipation that were pleasant in their action; Chin-Ryu-In, a potion that was useful in various problems of the gastrointestinal tract; and Ho-Yo-Gan, pills for improving strength and well-being in several conditions, such as following childbirth. The other scroll advertises Sei-Ki-Sui, an ophthalmic product developed by an American physician. William H. Helfand, from The Picture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection (1991), p. 125.