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 scene within a compound is depicted with two buildings, roofs thatched and tiled, and a perimeter wall with grass on top and a gate. Water, possibly a river, in background and foreground. The pavilion on the right has two women seated reeling silk. To the left of the picture a woman carries a candle, followed by a crying child. The tree on the right may be a mulberry tree. The painting adheres to a cardboard backing on which the numbers 131/15 are written in chalk, probably an auction number. 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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