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Red Sandalwood carving of the Temple of Heaven has been permanently collected by UNESCO headquarter

Pubdate:2018-09-25

 

For many years, Madam Chan Laiwa, Chairwoman of Fuwah International Group and Curator of the China Red Sandalwood Museum, has devoted herself in disseminating the broad and intricate Chinese culture around the world by actively carrying out foreign cultural exchanges through the medium of red sandalwood art, which has been welcomed and recognized by the international community.

 

 

On 11th September, Madam Chan attended the “UNESCO’s Pasterns Forum” at the Headquarters in Paris, France. She and the delegation met Madam Audrey Azoulay, Secretary General of UNESCO . A ceremony was held to donate the red sandalwood model of the temple of heaven with the scale of 1:100. Madam Chan and Madam Azoulay jointly unveiled the precious gift. Madam Azoulay spoke highly of the contributions Madam Chan has made to the inheritance and the promotion of Chinese traditional culture. Additionally, Madam Chan also presented the Chinese and English version of the book “Chan Laiwa’s Dream of The Gates Of Beijing” to Madam Audrey Azoulay, which vividly records that Madam Chan has been reproduced the 16 gates of Beijing that has been long-vanished by making scale models with red sandalwood and buried wood. These replicas were made according to the original architectures and were 10 times smaller than the original.Currently, the Beijing Municipal Government is making efforts in preparing the application of the "Beijing Central Axis" for world cultural heritage. Madam Chan hopes that UNESCO will actively support the program and provide guidance and assistance in the protection of the old city. The 16 replicas of the old Beijing city and Red Sandalwood model of Temple of Heaven made by Madam Chan are essential part of the "Beijing Central Axis" project.

 

 

The renowned Qinian Dian in the Temple of Heaven is located in Beijing, China. It is the place where the royal of the Ming and Qing Dynasties specially pray for Good Harvest. It is the largest existing temple building in the world worship heaven and one of the world's cultural heritage sites.

 

As the highest level of ritual architecture in ancient China, the shape and structure of the Temple of Heaven contains the spiritual civilization of China for thousands of years.  It is not only the worship site of the ancient emperors, but also incorporating the achievements of ancient Chinese history, philosophy, astronomy, painting, music, ritual system, calendar and many other aspects. It is the carrier of the diversed culture of the Chinese nation and the most outstanding and perfect example of Chinese ancient architecture.

 

 

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is based on the concept the the sky is round. On the three-storey circular white marble stone platform, a circular dome-shaped hall with a treasure roof, three layers of heavy slabs of contraction is constructed.  With a height of 38 meters and the diameter of 37.72 meters, all of which are wood structures.  The sum of the various columns in the temple represents the four seasons, 12 hours a day, 12 months a year, 24 solar terms, 28 constellations and 36 days of comet, fully reflecting the ancients' cognition and understanding of "sky" , as well as the idea of "Heaven and Man".  In the initial design phase, the Hall of Prayer was a typical combination of Chinese traditional culture and architectural shape, internal structure and various decorations, which has become a classic combination of ancient Chinese wooden architecture and Chinese national ideology and culture.

 

 

In order to enable people to closely feel the exquisite structure and grand styling of ancient Chinese architecture, in 1990s, Madam Chan Laiwa, Chairwoman of Fuwah International Group and Curator of the China Red Sandalwood Museum specially hired experts from the Forbidden City to reproduce the Temple of Heaven. By selecting lobular red sandalwood which is cherished as gold, adopting intangible cultural heritage Red Sandalwood Carving Techniques, it is designed and handmade by dozens of the inheritors and senior technical workers. The red sandalwood model is made according to the original architectures and at a ratio of 1:100, with a 90 cm diameter and a height of 38 cm.  Precisely, it is carefully carved with a Chinese traditional mortise and tenon joints structure, the parts are tightly stitched and the craftsmanship is meticulous. Every detail is very elaborate, even the ground bricks are also made of a combination of red sandalwood in a proportion of 1:100. It has an extremely high artistic value and collection value.

 

 

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