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Ta-ho-men Gate in the Forbidden City, Peiping (Beijing), 1924

China - Forbidden City
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_A16988
Document Description
Ta-ho-men Gate (Taihemen) in the Forbidden City in Peiping (Beijing), 1924.

Historical Context
Ta-ho-men Gate (now known as Taihemen or the Gate of Supreme Harmony) is the main gate of the Outer Court of the Forbidden City in Peiping (now known as Beijing or Peking), China.  Two bronze lions guard the gate. The male lion on the east side holds a ball beneath his paw, symbolizing the emperor's worldwide power. The female lion on the west side has her paw on a lion cub, symbolizing a prosperous royal family. The emperors' wedding ceremonies were customarily held at this gate.

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