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Nine Dragon Screen

nine-dragon-screenNine Dragon Screen, a tiled wall depicting fire-breathing dragons and one of the three famous Nine Dragons Screens in China.

The Nine Dragon Screen was built in 1771 under the reign of Emperor Qianlong, and is about 3.5 meters high, 45 meters long, and 2 meters thick. It is composed of 270 pieces glazed tiles, depicting 9 surging dragons playing with pearls with a background of clouds and seawater. The relief screen applies yellow, blue, white and purple and looks gorgeous.

nine-dragon-screen01The Nine-Dragon Screen in Datong, is said to be the largest screen of its type anywhere in China. It is 45.5 meters (150feet) long, 8 meters (26 feet) high and 2.02 (6.6 feet) meters thick and consists of 426 pieces of glazed tiles. Located at the center of the city of Datong, Nine-Dragon Screen was originally part of the gate to the mansion of Prince Hongwu, the 13th son of the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).

The screen stands in front of the mansion of the thirteenth son of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty. In ancient times, the screen served as a barrier for both keeping passers-by from peeping into the house and allowing visitors to tidy up before meeting the hosts. There is a pool in front of the screen and the inverted reflection of the screen in water makes it seem to come to life.

This glazed-brick structure has nine dragons sculptured in relief in five colors. As a symbol of the ancient emperors of China, the dragons were depicted fighting and frolicking in the clouds above the blue sea.

 

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