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 a tiled-roofed pavilion is depicted by the water's edge, with a canopy to the left of the roof. Several human figures including a man weighing cocoons in a basket, two others watching. A horizontal frame containing cocoons in the background, and behind this a table with several containers, possibly of food and drink. Two other figures walk towards a simple footbridge on the left of the picture. 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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