Reproduced artwork detailing small and large intestines with Tibetan and Latin labels. Contemporary knitwork.
Tibetan classical medical vocabulary is already rich in anatomical terms. When encountering biomedical concepts, new terms were coined in the Tibetan language. Nevertheless, many historical terms were incorporated into biomedical anatomical terminology. Examples for the inclusion of such historical terms are “blood colon” (khrag long) for ascending colon, “nourishment colon” (rtsam long) for transverse colon, and “microorganism colon” (srin long) for descending colon. Regarding the small intestine, we find the classical terms “upper intestine” (rgyu stod) for the upper part of the small intestine (jejunum) and “lower intestine” (rgyu smad) for the lower part (ileum). Tibetan paintings depicting body parts are colorful and sometimes show a marked sense of humor. Inspired by the playful and pleasing way of demonstrating the interior of the body, this image presents a knitted version of the detailed structures of the small and large intestines that has been created by contemporary artist and present coauthor.
— Katharina Sabernig