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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Besides being artistically beautiful it also shows the way Siebold had his collection registered. The notes written on the drawing show us the history of the research into the collection.

History of the Object
Siebold ordered many drawings of plants and animals from Keiga to document the shapes and colours of the natural world of Japan.

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Type
Drawing 
Materials
Ink on paper 
Measurements
Width 16 cm. Length 20 cm.  
Creator name
Kawahara Keiga (attr) 
Creator date
1786?-1860s? 
Where it was made
Nagasaki 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1823-1829 
Function
educational 
Acquisition
The work is part of the Siebold Collection. Collected by Philipp Franz von Siebold in Japan, between 1823 and 1830. The natural species and drawings of animals and plants became part of the collection of NCB Naturalis when Siebold sold his collection to the Dutch Government. 
Copyright
(c) NCB Naturalis 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
NCB Naturalis, on long-term loan 
Museum
Japanmuseum SieboldHuis 
Credit line
 

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