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Court Ladies Preparing Newly-Woven Silk
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Stamp Title: Court Ladies Preparing Newly-Woven Silk
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Denomination: 0.0 yuan
Date of Issue: 2013-05-13
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Court Ladies Preparing Newly-Woven Silk (Song Dynasty copy), a scroll with exact delineation and enriched colors attributed to painter Zhang Xuan of the TangDynasty (618-907), is a precious legacy of Chinese ancient portraits of ladies. Now collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the painting depicts a scene of Tang women pounding, sewing and ironing newly-woven silk. Pounding was an important step of the process, because newly-woven silk was hard and stiff in texture and could only be used after being soaked in water and pounded. To promote farming and sericulture, empresses of the past dynasties were all supposed to preside over the
ceremony for worshipping the god of silkworm, which involved symbolic activities such as mulberry leaf harvest, silkworm rearing, and making silk clothes. The scene depicted in Court Ladies Preparing Newly-Woven Silk is considered the ceremony for worshipping the god of silkworm, reflecting the Tang royal family’s life.

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