Woman Making Tea Balls
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A woman is depicted sitting at a square table on an egg-shaped ceramic chair. The full face image of the woman is turned two-thirds towards the observer's right. The woman is wearing traditional pink hanfu clothes with long sleeves with white edgings, and a short dark blue jacket decorated with black stripes and golden floral ornaments. The woman’s hair is smooth, pulled back from the face and gathered in a bun on the neck. The woman is depicted with jewelry, in particular a gold earring in the ear and bracelets on her hands. The woman is rolling the tea leaves into balls and putting them on a straw tray. The etching comes from the album "Chinese Customs and National Costumes", which includes 60 images of Chinese people engaged in various activities. Each image is accompanied by an explanation in German; some of them are written in French. In the eighteenth century, artists in Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China created such paintings for Europeans seeking to learn more about China and its people.
In the lower left corner, there is a calligraphic inscription "Pu-Qua.Canton. Delin'' made in Indian ink. In the lower right corner, there is an inscription "Dadley.London.Sculpt". There is a number "11" in the upper right corner.