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.
A look into Animal and Mythical Sculpture in Architecture
These sculptures were used as luck charms, powerful guards and to ward off evil spirits.
Buildings of importance within the forbidden city had watchful dragons on the roofs. The more important the building was the more statues their were.
Lions were representations of imperial power. As in other cultures lions were typically placed around entryways.
Many sculptures were used in architecture as precious, or ceremonial objects.
Animal and mythical sculptures commonly represent royalty, legends and dieties.