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ARCHITECTURE & ICONOGRAPHY

  

 

 

  bamboo in Chinese architecture

 

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In Chinese mythology bamboo is a symbol for longevity and the word in Chinese is homonym with another character meaning ‘to invoke, pray to, wish’ and ‘to express good wishes’.

 

Bamboo has thus become a Chinese symbol of good luck and longevity and is often seen in Chinese architecture, such as in these temple win-dows.

 

  bamboo in Chinese architecture