Entrance gate to the graveyard of Zu Dashou and his sons - ROM2006_7112_10

ROM2006_7112_10

Entrance gate to the graveyard of Zu Dashou and his sons

Medium:Carved limestone (roof reconstructed)
Geography: Yongtai Village; Beijing; China
Date: 1656 AD
Period: Qing Dynasty
Object number: 919.1.24.A-H
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Chinese Architecture
DescriptionZu Dashou's tomb was enclosed by a half-circular wall at the back. Within the enclosure were other tombs as well, most likely for Zu Dashou's sons. The stone carvings on the gate show deer, symbols of longevity, and qilin, auspicious mythical animals. The monkeys near the bees' nests are a pun for high rank. Hou, "monkey", can also be understood as "duke", and feng, "bee", as "promote": "May you be promoted to duke!"
Collection:
China
Browse Categories:Sacred & Ceremonial
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