The decoration and design of doors and windows was a fixture in classical Chinese architecture. Doors and windows were symbolic curtains separating heaven and earth in traditional Chinese architecture. Opening these curtains created an all-important harmonious link between heaven and earth. The apex of classical Chinese architecture was in the Qin (221-206 B.C.) and Han periods (206 B.C.-220 A.D.), the Tang (618-906 A.D.) and Song periods (960-1127 A.D.) as well as the Ming (1368-1644 A.D.) and Qing periods (1644-1911 A.D.). With its precisely printed illustrations and concise texts in English and Chinese, this large format, extremely elegantly finished book gives the reader an opportunity to study the major creations of these periods.Biografía del autor:
Ma Weidu, was born in Beijing in 1955. He started to study and collect antiques in 1980, and established the Guanfu Classic Art Museum, the first privat museum in China in 1997. He has publications on Porcelain, Brush Pots in Ming and Quing Times and other treatises. He also wrote novels, reportage and screen scripts when he was young.
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