Pair of Carved Shells

Step 13 of 17

The background

Woodman - National Library of Australia - CHRB 759.951 E93

On this layer, the third layer of the middle ground, we see two men carrying bundles of brushwood on their back in front of a banana plant in the style of Guangzhou woodmen. Next to them, another lady with a fan appears paired with a boy who is crouching on the ground.

This scene is separated from a building complex with a garden and a courtyard by a body of water. Some of the fine lines which appear on its surface seem to represent rice plants.

The same spot on the other shell shows eight persons...