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Insects and Bamboo

竹蟲圖

1200s
Image: 23.8 x 25.6 cm (9 3/8 x 10 1/16 in.)
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This painting represents a microcosm (a world in small) of the Jiangnan ecosystem: while the bush cricket feeds on bamboo, the male widow-skimmer dragonfly is a predator of small insects like mosquitos. Mosquitoes, abundant in late summer and early autumn, suggest the fall season.
Insects and Bamboo

Insects and Bamboo

1200s

China, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

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