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 Chinese Mingqi Beijing Courtyard Terracotta House traditionally referred to as Siheyuan meaning a walled compound or courtyard house, a style still seen in many parts of China today.
The life size of these courtyard houses varied, depending on the wealth of the family. This style various a lot from the basic peasant style with no ornamentation, often made from mud brick to the lavishly and beautiful style with ornate carvings, large carved wooden ornate doors with several internal rooms branching of the main courtyard.
The siheyuan house was built with the emphasis on layout, usually the entrance facing to the south is considered to be the most auspicious according to Feng shui principles.
Chinese Mingqi Beijing Courtyard Terracotta House
This interesting website explains in more detail about the Ming dynasty Beijing house and ancient Chinese house styles.