The Hall of Supreme Harmony, part 2
As a symbol of imperial power, the sandalwood throne, standing on a two-meter high platform, is located in the center of the hall and encircled by six gold-lacquered pillars painted with dragons.
The golden throne is carved with dragons all over. Around the throne stand two bronze cranes, an elephant-shaped incense burner and tripods in the shape of mythical beasts.
The hall is heavily painted with dragons and has an aura of solemnity and mystery.
The emperor's throne, which is surrounded by various art treasures of symbolic significance, is in the middle of the hall. Above the throne is a gold painted caisson, or coffered ceiling, with dragon designs.
In the middle of the ceiling is the design of two dragons playing with pearls. The pearls were made of glass and painted with mercury.
Just imagine the majestic and awesome scene in the past when the emperor sat on the throne, the ministers and all their subordinates kneeling down, kowtowing and chanting aloud "Long Live Your Majesty", with incense burning and the sounds of bells ringing and drums beating in unison！
Below are two views of buildings to the side of the hall as seen from the raised platform that the Hall of Supreme Harmony sits on.
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