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  Chinese Imperial roof decoration (China)

 

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Chinese Imperial roof decorations at a building in the Forbidden City (fig.). They have an unusual total number of 12 figures, i.e. a man riding a bird known as fenghuang, followed by nine quadrupeds, and a dragon, with what seem like a winged human figure with a sword or mace standing in front of the dragon.

3955'01.8"N 11623'49.5"E

 

 

 

  Chinese Imperial roof decoration (China)