Introduction To Chinese Emperor’s Chair
2010-08-15 13:26:04

the throne in the hall of supreme harmonyDragon chair is a kind of chair that is carved with dragon on the chair. Dragon chair is a special throne chair that was used only by the Emperor in ancient China. It is made of wood and it is usually engraved with the pattern of dragon. Dragon had been the emblem of imperial power since ancient times, also symbolized that the people sitting on the chair had the sovereign rights.

The history of Dragon chair can date back to the period of Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC). The first Emperor who sat on the throne chair was Qin Shihuang. He was also the first emperor of ancient China.

The Emperors were regarded as the sons of Heaven in Chinese culture, also called tianzi in Chinese. Therefore, dragon chair is placed on the north and faced south and when the Emperor was sitting on the chair, he could see the sunrise in the morning. In ancient Chinese culture, it showed the dignity of the imperial power.

Have you been to the Forbidden city in Beijing? If you have been traveled there, you should know that the Dragon Chair, which is also called the throne chair, is put in the Hall of Supreme Harmony, in which the Emperor often met his ministers. The Emperor received the foreign guests or dealt with national affairs sitting on the chair. Nowadays, these chairs are stored in the museums. And they are not available for sale.

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