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Pictures of agriculture and sericulture (Imperial edition)
CBL C 1717.1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This printed and superbly hand-painted illustration of a man winnowing rice is from a set of two volumes showing the different stages of rice cultivation and sericulture respectively.

History of the Object
The imperial court published a wide variety of works, including illustrated technical works such as this one. It was commissioned by the Kangxi Emperor (r. 1662-1722) in 1696.

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Type
Book 
Materials
Woodblock print with hand-painted colours 
Measurements
Width 29,5 cm. Height 39,0 cm.  
Creator name
Court Atelier 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1696 
Function
Imperial patronage 
Acquisition
Purchased privately 
Copyright
(c) Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Chester Beatty Library 
Museum
The Chester Beatty Library 
Credit line
Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library 

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