Yu Yuan 豫园
Three Dimensional Window Carving
|Windows are not reserved for buildings in Chinese garden architecture but are often placed in the garden wall to either frame a scene or, as in this picture, present a tableau. They are created by a combination of molding and carving and the best are meant to be viewed from both sides. In the Ming Dynasty they would have been covered with a translucent glaze made of pounded shells rather than glass, or in more protected areas, left open to permit a breeze to pass through.
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