picture (art)

Painting in ink and water colour on paper. One of fifteen scenes depicting various stages in the culture of silk worms and the production of silk and silk textiles. Scene within a compound with a pavilion and two other buildings. Two women standing by a window in the building on the right are sending a female servant with two rolls of cloth to the pavilion, where three male tailors, are making clothes. One tailor is standing, cutting through a piece of green cloth with scissors. The tailor seated at the back holds a needle and thread, the third, also seated, is at the front sewing. A little boy watches them through a fence. Water, possibly a pond, and bamboo groves in the right foreground. Numbered 131/15, possibly a lot 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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