Chinese Antique Windows

[music]>>>John: Hi I’m John from
In this video we’re going to talk about windows. And people wonder how come there are so many
window fragments available in China. It’s because the Chinese have been rapidly modernizing
particularly in their cities. And they have been tearing down old houses and replacing
them with newer buildings. These windows are removed from an older house. This pair was part of a much larger original
set but you can see that it is paint decorated and has some wonderful symbols with a dragon
and a horse included in it. The windows – people ask well how can this be used as a
window? In winter there is rice paper that is put behind to help keep out the cold and
in the summer the rice paper can be removed to provide ventilation. And obviously they come in a large variety
of different sizes and also in different decorations. And it’s the different sizes and the different
decorations that make these so easy for someone to use to put up on a wall. The decoration
in this one is interesting because instead of using these posts to hold together the
interior frame to the exterior frame they’ve used the decoration to do it. Some windows
actually have calligraphy written in them. This is the Chinese calligraphy symbol for
double happiness, which is, double happiness is good fortune and longevity combined. This
one again shows some of the original paint, another interesting design but with the original
paint. And again, people ask well how come these windows always seem to be so well preserved
if the houses are destroyed? Frankly not all of them are. This little window panel was
obviously part of a much larger window and all that’s left in good shape is this small
little fragment that’s left. Likewise, this one had two posts that went
straight through here, those have been destroyed, nobody’s repaired them but it has its original
color. Thanks so much for watching this video on windows and be sure to visit our site to
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