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Lianshi 奩史


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Lianshi 奩史 "History of the toilet case" is an encyclopedia about women compiled by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Ding Shengzhi 丁升之. It is 100 juan "scrolls" long. There is a short supplement compiled by the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Wang Chutong 王初桐 called Lianshi shiyi 奩史拾遺. There is a print from 1797 by the Guxiang Studio 古香堂. It is included in the collectaneum Xuxiu siku quanshu 續修四庫全書.
The Lianshi assembled material about all aspects of the life of women in traditional China. The book is arranged very clearly and indicates all sources. It has been published in 1996 by the Shumu wenxian press 書目文獻出版社, together with the contemporary encyclopedia Hunli xinbian 婚禮新編.

Contents
夫婦 Fufu Husband and wife
婚姻 Huyin Matrimony
眷屬 Juanshu Relatives
衣食 Yishi Clothing and food
器用 Qiyong Tools and utensils
花木 Huamu Flowers and trees
禽蟲 Qinchong Birds and vermins

Source: Zhao Hankun 趙含坤 (ed. 2005), Zhongguo leishu 中國類書 (Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe), pp. 145, 483.

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