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Gargoyles Across Cultural Divides Part 1. A look into Animal and Mythical Sculpture in Architecture. China: Forbidden City. the forbidden city was not actually a city but a large palace surrounded by large walls and terraces.

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gargoyles across cultural divides part 1

Gargoyles Across Cultural DividesPart 1

A look into Animal and Mythical Sculpture in Architecture

china forbidden city
China: Forbidden City
  • the forbidden city was not actually a city but a large palace surrounded by large walls and terraces.
  • It was home for twenty four different emperors from the 1400’s to 1924.
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These sculptures were used as luck charms, powerful guards and to ward off evil spirits.

  • Some common representations are shown.
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Buildings of importance within the forbidden city had watchful dragons on the roofs. The more important the building was the more statues their were.

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Lions were representations of imperial power. As in other cultures lions were typically placed around entryways.

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Animal and mythical sculptures commonly represent royalty, legends and dieties.

  • Iconic sculptures were used to show devotion to the gods.