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The Genre Paintings of Taiwan’s Aboriginal Peoples: Catching Fish (番社采風圖─捕魚)

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This picture depicts two methods of catching fish employed by the Siraya of Backlaun and Doroko in southern Taiwan. One of these methods required a bamboo basket, or koa, to imprison the fish, and the other bows, arrows and spears to skewer them. After the fish were caught, they were immediately placed in a bamboo container tied to the waist. Under Chinese influence, the practice of spearing fish gradually disappeared.

A.D. 1736-1795

Height 40.5, width 29.5 cm



Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

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