Chinese poem illustration: 小雅 采菽/ Xiaoya – Harvest Soybeans by Anonymous
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A poem about the annual meeting between the king and state lords from all over the country. Beside the similar happy atmosphere and ceremony depicted in many other poems in Book of Songs, this poem give us some details of the costume of the lords: 玄衮及黼, 赤芾, 邪幅, the chariot of the king might be depicted of six horses by 载骖载驷, in other words: 天子驾六.
In the last paragraph, boating implys a shooting game on going, which is one of the favorite games for Zhou people. Another poem 宾之初筵 has a detailed illustration on shooting game and the following sarcrifice and dinning party, this poem depicted the prelude situation of that poem.
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