Fukutomi Zoshi, 1400s. Creator: Unknown
Fukutomi Zoshi, 1400s. This handscroll shows the second half of an odd tale in which a ne'er-do-well seeks the path to quick fortune and learns the art of musical flatulence. Prior to a major performance, a mentor (and competitor) advises him to consume morning glory seeds, a laxative. Thus, while performing he fouls himself and ends his days in humiliation. The audacious nature of this story and its presentation—well-animated figures with dialogue adjacent to the appropriate moments of action—create a primitive graphic novel. Japanese visual humor about farting preceded this story, but the satirical, mean-spirited twist in this tale suggests its intent was not merely to be humorous. The story was likely commissioned by court officials who disapproved of common performers rising to high positions, outflanking what was the accepted social order.
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Women ironing a completed bolt of silk cloth. Detail from 'Court Ladies Preparing Newly-woven Silk,' a painted silk handscroll attributed to Emperor Hui Tsung, Sung Dynasty, early 12th century, after a work by a T'ang Dynasty artist of the 8th century
CHINA: SILK MANUFACTURE.
Women ironing a completed bolt of silk cloth. Detail from 'Court Ladies Preparing Newly-woven Silk,' a painted silk handscroll attributed to Emperor Hui Tsung, Sung Dynasty, early 12th century, after a work by a T'ang Dynasty artist of the 8th century.
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Ninth Day Literary Gathering Xing' 1743
The Ninth Day Literary Gathering at Xing'an, 1743. Fang Shishu (Chinese, 1693-1751), and Ye Fanglin (Chinese, late 1600s-mid-1700s). Handscroll, ink and color on silk; image: 32.4 x 201.2 cm (12 3/4 x 79 3/16 in.); overall: 33.5 x 893 cm (13 3/16 x 351 9/16 in.).
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