picture (art)

One of fifteen scenes, painted in watercolours on white paper, depicting various stages in the cultivation of silk worms and the production of silk and silk textiles. Here three woooden buildings are depicted on the right, two with tiled rooves and one with a thatched roof, with a river's edge on the left. In each building are human figures with baskets of silk cocoons and latticework frames, the latter empty. Two of the figures represent visitors. In the building in the foreground, cocoons are being weighed out for a customer. The painting is behind glass, which is attached to the card backing with black tape surrounding the picture. Artist unknown. Copied after Jiao Bingzhen's rendition of "Gengzhitu" (Illustrations of Tilling and Weaving), who was a court artist, active 1680-1720.

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