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Nine-Dragon Wall, Datong

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dc.coverage.spatial Site: Datong, Shanxi, China en_US
dc.coverage.temporal 1392 (creation) en_US
dc.creator unknown en_US 1392 en_US 2013-09-24T17:53:34Z 2013-09-24T17:53:34Z 1392 en_US
dc.identifier 235383 en_US
dc.identifier.other archrefid: 2522 en_US
dc.description Overall view in current park (moved 10 m in 1954); The number nine is special in China as it is the largest possible single digit, and Chinese dragons are frequently connected with it. The dragon, specifically yellow or golden dragons with five claws on each foot, was a symbol for the emperor in many Chinese dynasties. The Nine Dragon Screen at Datong was built in 1392. Intended to avert evil spirits, it originally stood in front of the palace of the viceroy of Shanxi Province, the 13th son of the Hongwu emperor (reigned 1368-1398); the palace burnt down in the mid-17th century. The screen is covered with glazed ceramic tiles in five colors. Just above the base are small figures of lions, tigers, elephants, qilin (mythical unicorn-like animals) and other animals, and above these are nine large dragons in high relief, rising from waves. The dragons all have four claws, used with imperial nobility and certain high-ranking officials. The top is shaped as a roof, with tiles and ridge acroteria. The screen was moved some 10 meters in 1954. Source: Grove Art Online; (accessed 7/31/2012) en_US
dc.format.medium glazed polychrome ceramic tile en_US
dc.rights © Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc. en_US
dc.subject animal en_US
dc.subject architecture en_US
dc.subject rulers and leaders en_US
dc.subject numerology en_US
dc.subject mythical beasts en_US
dc.subject Ming en_US
dc.title Nine-Dragon Wall, Datong en_US
dc.title.alternative 九龙壁 en_US
dc.title.alternative Jiŭlóngbì en_US
dc.type image en_US
dc.rights.access Licensed for educational and research use by the MIT community only en_US
dc.identifier.vendorcode 1A2-CH-D-NDWD-A1 en_US
vra.culturalContext Chinese en_US
vra.technique fabrication attributes: ceramics en_US
vra.worktype wall en_US
vra.worktype relief (sculpture) en_US
dc.contributor.display unknown (Chinese) en_US

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