Ancient China

4 Feb

Chinese structures are primarily based on the the principles of balance and symmetry. Most all buildings follow the idea that the main structure is the axis around which all is centered. The Chinese architecture is constructed mainly of timberwork. This would include wooden posts, beams, lintel and joints to make up the framing of the house. They heavily relied on Feng Shui in the placement of objects in the home. The homes were positioned facing the South if possible. The walls are typically of some sort screen material. They believed in living a very spiritual life, and want to always be connected to nature.

“LIfe is beauty, nature is beauty.”


Ancient Chinese House

Bracketing System


Chinese Gate


Great Wall of China

 The homes were built using a heirarchial system. The number of roof, the size of the upturn of the corners, and the depth of the eaves all were symbols of wealth and status. The bigger and more exaggerated the better! The colors used on the homes was also an indicator of status.

The Ancient Chinese were largely known for there technological endeavors and inventions. The had their own language and it was used throughout the entire country this was a new concept in the realm of languages. They also had a calendar! They invented gunpowder, began printing things on larger scales( earliest book printed was in 868 A.D.). They used the cardinal directions int their architecture, and they also invented a form of the compass! They did this by discovering the use of magnets. As a society the Chinese was very progressive in technology from the start.



In ancient China, it is a custom for parents to prepare a dowry for their daughters. The wedding bed is one of the most importatnt items as it is a typical represenative of the bride’s family’s social and economic status.

The dragon chair is a kind of chair that is carved with dragon on the chair. Dragon chair is a special throne chair that was used only by the Emperor in ancient China. It is made of wood and it is usually engraved with the pattern of dragon. Dragon had been the emblem of imperial power since ancient times, also symbolized that the people sitting on the chair had the sovereign rights.

Typical Chinese Furniture

The Terracotta Warriors represent only a small portion of the eight thousand strong underground army buried in front of the Emperor Qinshihuang’s tomb (r. 221-207 BC) to defend him in the afterlife.

Ancient China Bronze Art

Riders on horseback, from a wall painting in the tomb of Lou Rui at Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, dated to the Northern Qi Dynasty (550–577 AD)


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