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Spring and Autumn Period
春秋
Bronze Beam Sleeves with Coiled Serpent Designs
蟠虺纹铜构件  建筑材料

The illustration above shows the method used to connect the various members of a building using the "sleeves" of bronze. Mortise and tenon construction was still used, but the sleeves added strength to the connecting pieces while serving their decorative function. Below, you can see the interior design of a sleeve.











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