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dc.coverage.spatialSite: Datong, Shanxi, Chinaen_US
dc.coverage.temporal1392 (creation)en_US
dc.creatorunknownen_US
dc.date1392en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-25T17:11:38Z
dc.date.available2013-09-25T17:11:38Z
dc.date.issued1392en_US
dc.identifier235411en_US
dc.identifier.otherarchrefid: 2522en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.3/143146
dc.descriptionRaking view showing walkway and reflecting pond; 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; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/ (accessed 7/31/2012)en_US
dc.format.mediumglazed polychrome ceramic tileen_US
dc.rights© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.en_US
dc.subjectanimalen_US
dc.subjectarchitectureen_US
dc.subjectrulers and leadersen_US
dc.subjectnumerologyen_US
dc.subjectmythical beastsen_US
dc.subjectMingen_US
dc.titleNine-Dragon Wall, Datongen_US
dc.title.alternative九龙壁en_US
dc.title.alternativeJiŭlóngbìen_US
dc.typeimageen_US
dc.rights.accessLicensed for educational and research use by the MIT community onlyen_US
dc.identifier.vendorcode1A2-CH-D-NDWD-A4en_US
vra.culturalContextChineseen_US
vra.techniquefabrication attributes: ceramicsen_US
vra.worktypewallen_US
vra.worktyperelief (sculpture)en_US
dc.contributor.displayunknown (Chinese)en_US


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