Mounted watercolour/pen and ink drawing on silk depicting the third day bathing ceremony celebrating the birth of a Chinese baby, together with a typed translation of the Chinese text from Alan Brews FRCOG in November 1954 and a transcription taken from a publication containing details of the ceremony. The drawing was presented to the College by Professor Preston Maxwell, who was a medical missionary.
Chinese silk watercolour: 'Third Day Bathing Ceremony' c.1911
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- ReferenceGB 1538 S130
- Dates of Creationc1900-1920
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
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Rich Chinese families, giving birth to a child, on the third day would invite the midwife to wash the baby. The family, relatives and friends would come to congratulate and watch the washing of the baby.
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Presented to the RCOG by Professor John Preston Maxwell in November 1954, where it was hung for many years together with a typed description of the ceremony. It was transferred to the College Archive in August 2013.