Sorry for the lack of posts recently – I’ve been rather busy with other stuff so have neglected the blog somewhat. Anyway, today I have some amazing illustrations from a 1915 publication entitled ‘Researches Into Chinese Superstitions’ by Henry Doré. This appears to be a multi volume work and these particular illustrations are taken from the ‘Second Part – The Chinese Pantheon, Volume X The Boards of Heavenly Administration’ (a bit of a mouthful!). I don’t know much else about the text as it is written in French / Chinese but it seems to concern, as the title suggests, Chinese Gods & Goddesses, although there also seem to be a lot of references to diseases, medicines, remedies and suchlike. I also have no idea who creator of the illustrations is, although they are obviously Chinese in origin.
The Goddess Hastening Childbirth
Click on any of the images to see the full sized version on FLICKR, or see the full set HERE.