Re: `bong sung a' plant
Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 28, 2002 at 17:19:40:
: would have had contact with Arab traders and powdered henna...then
: the fashion might have spread with Chinese diplomats to Korea...
I've wondered if
1) it was spread out on the land route from Iran/Central Asia
2) if it went north from South Asia by the sea route
3) if it was coincidental
I have no idea. I did find an AMAZING miniature painting from the
15th century from Tabriz showing portraits of two etnhically Chinese
women who had absolutely drop dead gorgeous henna patterns on their
hands. That says Chinese women were in Tabriz, at least visiting, in
the 15th century. That says Tabriz had phenomenal henna work in the
15th century. That says the artist portrayed, from life or from
reconstruction, those Chinese women wearing STUNNING henna patterns
consistant with Persian henna patterns of the period.
That painting raises as many questions as it answers........
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