Origins and Development of the Traditional Chinese Roof (Mellen Studies in Architecture S. v. 5)

Origins and Development of the Traditional Chinese Roof (Mellen Studies in Architecture S. v. 5)

By: Lam Lai Sing (author)Hardback

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Description

This monograph argues that the concept of the curvature of the Chinese roof, which symbolizes the divine "flying bird", was conceived as early as the totemic Shang times (16th-11th centuries BC). It further contends that the divine image expressed by the roof structure and the supporting brackets were two distinct structural components. The study also examines the concepts of "shen" and "ang" and the influence of the "literati landscape painting" of the Song dynasty.

Contents

The origins and early development of traditional Chinese architecture; further development of traditional Chinese architecture - the concepts or "Qi" and "Shen"; the concept of Shen and traditional Chinese architecture (Shen, Ang, Corbel brackets, roof ridge decoration, columns); the impact on "literati painting" on traditional Chinese architecture; the collapse of the "flying bird" concept (1850-2000 periods; Hong Kong; Macau; Taiwan; Korea; Japan, Singapore and Malaya).

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773474475
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9780773474475
  • ISBN10: 0773474471

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