picture (art)

Painting in ink and water colour on paper. One of fifteen scenes, on white paper in polychrome, depicting various stages in the culture of silk worms and the production of silk and silk textiles. Three women are winding silk threads off bobbins onto a large roller in a yard behind a tiled and thatch-roofed pavilion. Two boys are lying under the silk threads which form a kind of canopy. One of them, with a red shirt, appears to be holding a drum, while the other, with a blue shirt, holds a toy. There are watermarks in the right hand corner of the frame. Numbers 998/42 and 131/15 on the reverse. No glass mount. 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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