华表 Ornamental Columns2017-07-26
华表 Ornamental Columns
Time: Earlier than 1742
Location: West of office building
Category: Architectural relics
They are carved by white marble, 8 meters in height, which has a 1.24 –meter high, eight-square Sumeru seat. Clouds and various postures of dragons are carved on their bodies. The two are of different sizes and one is thicker.
trace These two Ornamental Columns are one of relics of AnYou palace in Yuanmingyuan. They were placed in front of the colored glaze lane in AnYou palace. According to relative data, it was built no later than 1742. Yenching University Journal had detailed description about how they were moved from to YanYuan.
In 1925 when the university built school buildings, only three ornamental columns were moved from Yuanmingyuan, the forth was transported to the city, which lied on the south in front of Tiananmen in 1931.When building the new library, the Beijing Library considered to make the odd one in Yenching, but because of the mistake during transportation, neither of Yenching or Beijing Library’s ornamental columns were made a pair.