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Temple of Heaven, Beijing
Place of Origin: China
Date: before 1927
Materials: Tinted photograph
Dimensions: H. 12 1/2 in x W. 17 3/4 in, H. 31.8 cm x W. 45.1 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Photography
Object Number: B60M506
On Display: No

Description

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The Temple of Heaven, located in the southern section of Beijing, is one of China's most famous and important Taoist temples. Ming and Qing dynasty emperors came to the Temple of Heaven twice each year to pray for good harvests. The complete temple complex symbolizes the relationship between heaven and earth, The complex has been restored at various times; the original layout is from the 1400s.

The building seen here is the most photographed part of the Temple of Heaven complex. The northern part of the outer surrounding wall is semicircular, and the southern part square, a pattern symbolic of the ancient belief that heaven was round and the earth square. The southern structure is the Circular Mound Altar, used to worship heaven at the winter solstice. The principal portion of this structure is the large round marble terrace named the Circular Mound.

This photograph bears the signature "BL Deng" in red paint at the lower-right corner.


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Exhibition History: "Photographic Memories" Rotation 1 (Tateuchi Gallery, March 13, 2009 - August 30, 2009)
Label:

The Temple of Heaven, located in the southern section of Beijing, is one of China's most famous and important Taoist temples. Ming and Qing dynasty emperors came to the Temple of Heaven twice each year to pray for good harvests. The complete temple complex symbolizes the relationship between heaven and earth, The complex has been restored at various times; the original layout is from the 1400s.

The building seen here is the most photographed part of the Temple of Heaven complex. The northern part of the outer surrounding wall is semicircular, and the southern part square, a pattern symbolic of the ancient belief that heaven was round and the earth square. The southern structure is the Circular Mound Altar, used to worship heaven at the winter solstice. The principal portion of this structure is the large round marble terrace named the Circular Mound.

This photograph bears the signature "BL Deng" in red paint at the lower-right corner.


Exhibition History: "Photographic Memories" Rotation 1 (Tateuchi Gallery, March 13, 2009 - August 30, 2009)