AGE: – Ming Dynasty – Rare
CONSTRUCTION: – Terracotta
DESCRIPTION: – RARE – Chinese Mingqi Beijing Courtyard Terracotta House – Front entrance broken & repaired (see pictures)
HEIGHT: – Various up to 31.5cm
WIDTH:– 87cm Front
DEPTH: – 63cm Sides
WEIGHT:– 44.35 kg.
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A rare miniature replica of a Chinese Mingqi Beijing Courtyard Terracotta House, a funerary object dating to the Ming Dynasty or earlier. This style of house is traditionally referred to as “Siheyuan” meaning a walled compound or courtyard house, a style still seen in most of China today.
The life sized courtyard houses varied considerably depending on the wealth of the family. The basic peasant style is seen with very little decoration or ornamentation and are often made from mud brick, whilst the more lavish is decorated with beautiful ornate carvings, decorative tiled roof, large carved wooden ornate doors and windows with several internal rooms branching of the main courtyard.
The siheyuan house was built with the emphasis on layout, usually it was desirable for the entrance to face the south, it was considered to be the most auspicious according to Feng shui principles which .
Chinese Mingqi Beijing Courtyard Terracotta House
This interesting website explains in more detail about the Ming dynasty Beijing house and ancient Chinese house styles.