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"China House" Deck of Cards

£11.00 

""China House" Deck of Cards

On the back of each card is a china house with some decorations.

  • Standard 52-card +2 jokers deck.
  • "Poker" sized, one of the international standards for card sizes.
  • Produced double-sided with rounded edges,
  • Do not arrive sorted—they are in a random sequence.
  • All cards are printed on the same paper being used in major trading card games such as Magic: The Gathering. It is a 12pt 320gsm black-core matte card paper.

Traditional China house architecture refers to a set of architectural styles and design features that were widely used in the construction of civilian residences throughout ancient China's imperial dynasty. Significant advancements and variants of dwellings emerged over this two-thousand-year period, but china house design usually featured a set of traits that distinguished Chinese home building apart from those of other cultures and places. This includes a focus on extended family units in a single home, clear division of different aspects of the household, alignment with the cardinal directions, and timber construction, all in accordance with Confucian hierarchy and Feng Shui, as shown by the traditional Siheyuan style.

Originally, China house design was more diverse than it is now. Early archaeological sites sometimes have evidence of circular buildings in addition to the traditional square design. Over millennia, the evolution of Chinese thinking affected architecture, reducing the spectrum of permissible patterns closer to the mature Siheyuan style. As Han Chinese civilization moved outside from the Yellow River Valley, houses in the outlying areas continued to be influenced by local cultures' dwellings. Because of the humid atmosphere, Yue dwellings in southern China were typically constructed atop wooden piles. When Han migrants arrived in the area, they adopted this style at first before returning to the traditional Han practice of elevated earth foundations. This fundamental pattern altered relatively little after the traditional Chinese house form had solidified, particularly for commoner's houses.

The construction of Chinese dwellings had solidified into a shape that supported Neo-Confucian ideas that stressed a strict boundary between social roles and classes by the late imperial era. This was particularly true in upper-class houses, which had the financial means to assign separate areas of the house to various sexes, age groups, and jobs.

The principles of order and harmony with nature demanded that all Chinese dwellings be aligned along a north/south axis. Individual structures were built with perfect symmetry, facing south, and following the alignment of the larger complex. As a consequence, the characteristic sheyuan structure emerged, with distinct "wings" pointing in each of the four cardinal directions.

Various wings of the residence were usually allotted to different branches of the family in extended family groups, with older and more respected family members assuming more privileged roles. This often featured structures in the compound's sunnier, more secluded back. The family's ancestral shrine, where the residents' shared ancestors were venerated, was either here or in the middle of the land. Junior branches of the family were assigned to less significant places facing the east and west of the compounds, while servants and other less essential tasks were pushed to more peripheral sites.

In contrast to the other dwellings and buildings within the complex, prominent buildings like as the ancestral/ceremonial hall were generally identified by higher and more elaborate roof constructions. Because these structures were usually located at the rear of the house, directly facing the entryway, they added to the symmetry of the home's alignment.

Wood was used extensively in traditional Chinese house architecture, particularly after the previous dynasty era. Even when such materials were plentiful in the region, stone and mud homes were very rare. Lumber became less and less widespread on the North China plain as the ages passed, with bricks and stone replacing it as the most frequent building materials for walls and public structures. Despite this, wood's popularity remained strong, with various grades of wood being used by the upper class to demonstrate their affluence.

Due to lesser quality building materials and lack of care, the reliance on wooden construction has resulted in a low percentage of survival, with very few dwellings existing from before the Ming dynasty, and even fewer belonging to commoners. As a result, significantly more information regarding upper-class historical residences is available.

The conventional design and style of dwellings vary from area to region due to variances in culture and environment. Because of the higher frequency of rainfall in southern China, houses frequently featured slanted roof constructions, but the drier northern environment made flat roofs more practicable. In the north, courtyards were stressed to maximize sunlight, but they were less significant in the highly sunny south. Furthermore, dwellings with more than one story were uncommon on the northern plains, but widespread in the hilly south, where building space was scarce.

The Yaodong, traditional homes in Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces that were cut into soft loess rocks into mountainsides, Lingnan architecture, which is generally of green brick construction,, and the Tulou, traditional Hakka walled villages in Fujian and Guangdong that were built largely out of brick and earth, are notable exceptions to the ubiquitous use of wood.

"China House" Deck of Cards

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