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  Shanghai Museum

 

China

The Shanghai Museum on the city's famous People's Square (fig.), houses a collection of about one million Chinese objects, of which about 130,000 are national treasures (fig.).

 

The museum building has a round top and a square base, reminiscent of a cong (fig.), an ancient Chinese artifact in which the square shape represents the earth and the circular form heaven, a perception also found in ancient fang kong qian coins (fig.), although the building is purportedly designed in the shape of an ancient bronze cooking vessel.

 

  Shanghai Museum

 

  Shanghai Museum

 

The building is guarded by a number of white creatures from Chinese mythology, all placed on a squarish base and reminiscent of certain types of Chinese seals known as yin zhang, namely those of which the handle is carved into a mythological animal.

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