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Under The Chinese Roof at The Royal Museums of Art and History
Building with a tower. Late Han, middle of the 2nd century.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.- The Royal Museums of Art and History present Under The Chinese Roof, on view through April 20, 2008. How did people live in China 2000 years ago? What shape did warehouses, houses or latrines have? The objects found in the tombs of dignitaries in Henan have allowed us to bring precise answers to these questions. They are indeed small-scale models of buildings, very faithful to the original constructions and which project us into the daily universe of the beginnings of Imperial China. We spoke about this very original exhibition when it opened. It will last until the end of the month of April. Do not miss it...

The rich collection of the museum of Henan - The province of Henan, which the Yellow river flows through, is one of the cradles of Chinese civilisation. Under the Han dynasty (from 206 B.C. until 220 A.D.), which reigned immediately following the country's unification, architecture reached an apotheosis. The population lived in houses with internal courtyards, had warehouses and pavilions on the water. The technique of the wooden structure and corbels helped build towers of various floors. The nearly 200 small-scale models that demonstrate it are on loan from the museum of Henan. They were built over a period of time of two thousand years (from the IInd century B.C. up to the XVIIIth century) and some of them are quite imposing (up to 2 meters tall).

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