Friday, August 27, 2010

Nine Dragon Screen



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.)

The Nine Dragon Screen is the oldest and largest glazed screen in China. It was made over 600 years ago of 426 specially-designed glazed bricks and is about 149 feet long. It is in the Palace Museum (Forbidden City) in Beijing. The area in front of the screen was being renovated when this picture was taken.

The picture above was scanned from a slide.

23 comments:

rainfield61 said...

Thanks for sharing this nine dragon screen.

EG Wow said...

Love the detail on this screen!

Mildred said...

I've never seen this before George. Thank you for sharing the photo/slide. I have my great aunt's dragonware teaset from the 1920's that has a similar pattern. How wonderful that you have seen this in person.

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Kirigalpoththa said...

Fabulous!

Sandra said...

600 years is amazing to me, its beautiful and to have lasted that long. i am sure it would be easy to break it and it surprised me it is still standing.

Carletta said...

A gorgeous piece of 'art'!

Thanks for always sharing those things some of us would never experience otherwise.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is spectacular.I just think that most things built nowadays won't last that long.
Blessings,Ruth

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Exceptional detailing...what craftsmen !

Ginny said...

This is actually a very pretty picture, I love the colors! Hmm...think we could learn that tecnique to do on our houses, George? Although I would put on something other than dragons!

Debbie Smith said...

So interesting! I hope to get to this part of the World someday! Till then, I'll visit through your wonderful pictures and stories!
Have a fabulous day!

Busy Bee Suz said...

So beautiful and detailed George.
Have a great weekend!

A Lady's Life said...

Gosh this looks so familiar.
Its like I've been there and seen it for myself but don't know where.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

I wonder how many Chinese peasants it took to do the hard labor to build the Dragon Screen?

imac said...

Where's Saint George then?.lol.

Anna said...

George I was always fascinated by the oriental artwork. Excellent capture even with constructions, didn't notce at all. Anna :)

KathyA said...

Amazingly intricate.

Elettra said...

Work exstraordinary that the younger generation should appreciate more

Elettra said...

Work exstraordinary that the younger generation should appreciate more

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow this is pretty cool!! Thanks for sharing!
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SandyCarlson said...

Beautiful shot. You do some great work, George. That is one amazing piece of art, too.

Shelley said...

Beautiful, I love the detail on this!

Hilda said...

Absolutely fantastic!