Female Figures - closeup of soccer ball
Du Jin 杜堇 (painted late 15th to early 16th centuries).
A quick perusal of the Internet for the history of the soccer ball indicates that these women.
were far ahead of their time. Before the 1800s soccer in Europe was played with a misshapened inflated pig's bladder.
The ball above looks both round and constructed.
The scroll dates from the Ming period.
(c) Marilyn Shea, 2006, 2007