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dc.coverage.spatial Site: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China en_US
dc.coverage.temporal 1589-1926 (alteration); begun 1342 (creation) en_US
dc.creator Bei, Runsheng en_US 1342 en_US 2013-10-17T15:10:53Z 2013-10-17T15:10:53Z 1342 en_US
dc.identifier 238047 en_US
dc.identifier.other archrefid: 2527 en_US
dc.description Entrance pavilion, roof; The Lion Grove Garden is famous for the large and labyrinthine grotto of taihu rock (from Lake Tai) at the garden's center. The name of the garden derives from the shape of these rocks which are said to resemble lions. These served as frequent subjects for artists such as Shen Zhou and Ni Zan. The Lion Grove Garden was first built in 1342 CE during the Yuan Dynasty by a Zen Buddhist monk, Wen Tianru in memory of his teacher Abbot Zhongfeng. At that time the garden was part of Bodi Orthodox Monastery (Pinyn: Puti Zhengzong). There were building phases in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1917 Bei Runsheng, wealthy owner of a paint business, purchased the garden and finished the restoration in 1926. Many buildings and rocks date from this restoration. Bei Runsheng was the great-uncle of the architect I. M. Pei (Bei Yuming). It is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Source: Wikipedia; (accessed 8/5/2012) en_US
dc.format.medium taihu rock; wood; tile en_US
dc.rights © Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc. en_US
dc.subject architecture en_US
dc.subject botanical en_US
dc.subject landscape en_US
dc.subject Gardens en_US
dc.subject Restoration and conservation en_US
dc.subject Yüan en_US
dc.subject Qing en_US
dc.title Lion Grove Garden en_US
dc.title.alternative Lion Forest Garden en_US
dc.title.alternative Shizi lin Yuan en_US
dc.title.alternative 狮子林园 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 2A2-CH-SU-LGG-A11 en_US
vra.culturalContext Chinese en_US
vra.technique carving (processes), construction (assembling), gardening en_US
vra.worktype historic site en_US
vra.worktype garden en_US
dc.contributor.display Bei Runsheng (Chinese landscape architect, ca. 1860-ca.1950) en_US

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