Article ID: CBB001214317

Beyond Categorization: Zhu Kerou's Tapestry Painting Butterfly and Camellia (2012)


Tunstall, Alexandra (Author)

East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Volume: 36
Pages: 39--76

Publication Date: 2012
Edition Details: Part of a special issue, “Women and Textile Production Techniques in Traditional China”
Language: English

This paper introduces the technique of kesi or tapestry weave in China through one example, Butterfly and Camellia, attributed to Zhu Kerou, a woman artist of the twelfth century. This particular weaving is attributed to a time period when tapestry weavings began to imitate the visual language of painting. The relationship between kesi and painting is explored, examining the early use of kesi as wrappers for paintings. At the same time that the basic technology of kesi weaving is discussed, the gendered nature of weaving as work in Song-dynasty China as well as the techniques of connoisseurship of kesi during the Ming and Qing dynasties are also illuminated. The motives of such connoisseurs are examined, as their writing and collection practices framed this work for all future viewers and scholars. Sources used include inscriptions on works of art, most notably one inscription mounted next to Butterfly and Camellia by the eminent Ming painter, Wen Congjian; painting and textiles catalogues; as well as early writing on kesi weave; and the weavings themselves, which tell us most clearly the artisans' intentions and concerns.

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Article Sheng, Angela (2012) Women's Work, Virtue, and Space: Change from Early to Late Imperial China. East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (p. 9). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Golas, Peter J.
Hammers, Roslyn Lee
Holden, Roger N.
Campbell, Thomas P.
Schwarzkopf, Jutta
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Indian Journal of History of Science
International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
French Historical Studies
Hong Kong University Press
Yale University Press
Princeton University
Self-published by the author
McGill-Queen's University Press
Visual representation; visual communication
Technology and art
East Asia, civilization and culture
Cartwright, Edmund
William Horrocks
Roberts, Richard
Great Britain
Paris (France)
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Song Dynasty (China, 960-1279)
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
Yuan Dynasty (China, ca. 1260-1368)
19th century
Raytheon Corp.

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