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Spare architectural components encapsulate glorious dynastic days

Updated: Sep 26, 2021 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print
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Part of the permanent collection of the Nanjing Museum, this door frame is made up of spare components as a backup for the long-collapsed glazed pottery pagoda in the Great Proclaiming Grace Temple in Nanjing. [Photo/VCG]

This arched door frame is made up of spare components that were unearthed from an imperial kiln site in Nanjing. The door frame was supposed to be a backup for the splendid glazed pottery pagoda in the Great Proclaiming Grace Temple (Da Bao'en si) in Nanjing. Commissioned by the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Chengzu emperor (r. 1403-1424) and lavishly decorated, the pagoda is one of the seven wonders of the Middle Ages. The door frame is now in the collection of the Nanjing Museum.

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