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  ji dao rack

 

China

A rack of ji or ji dao (fig.), i.e. a Chinese lance and martial weapon, at the entrance of one of the main buildings at the Confucius Temple in Beijing. Such racks are meant to symbolically fight off evil (fig.).

 

These ones all have spearheads that sprout from a dragon's mouth and also have an additional dragon head ornament on the side, which has an open mouth in which sits a pearl.

 

  ji dao rack