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Research on the Artistic Symbols of Chinese Traditional of Chi

Author: ZhouZuo
Tutor: WuWei
School: Hunan University
Course: Art of Design
Keywords: the head of Chi symbol meaning formal language aestheticsignificance
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Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2013
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Abstract


The Chinese dragon is a cultural totem which is deeply embedded in the national marrow. The composition of the dragon family is complex and various. In dragon’s different life cycle stages, the dragon forms are a separate decorative patterns, which not only retain the original dragon form, but also have the characteristics of their own. The head of Chi is an example. Chi were a kind of beast originally. Under the influence of the early dragon totem, Chi were divided into dragon cubs and female dragons, and they became mascot from the evil ghosts. The image of the Chi dragon is an important part in the history of Chinese traditional decoration. The head of Chi is a kind of decorative symbols in architecture. There is an important significance to research on the head of Chi.In the second chapter of this paper, Chi was regarded as an independent ideological system. The difference between Chi in the form of drain and two other kinds of forms was analyzed. Based on extensive collection of text information and image information, using the research method of iconography and culture anthropology, the existing materials were analyzed. The difference between the three parts was distinguished, and the root of the head of Chi was found out as well. In the third chapter, the development stages of the head of Chi were divided according to the dynasties. The times interpretations of the head of Chi can’t be divorced from the social formation and the building cultural background. During the four stage of the dynasties——Wei Jin, SuiTang, Song Yuan, MingQing, the performance characteristics of the head of Chi can be respectively summarized as tough and aggressive, exotic and diversity, complete and fine, falling into decay. The paper has a full and detailed understanding of the law of it’s shape, and the relationship between the influence of the background times during WeiJin to MingQing. In chapter4and chapter5, symbolic signifier and signified of the head of Chi is analyzed which is a kind of architectural decorative symbols. There are three important practical function of the head of Chi, that is decorative outfall, load-bearing and balance stylobate, and preventing the stylobate from the platform by rain. At the same time, symbolic signified of the head of Chi is the internal symbol, which including the rank symbol of emperor imperial, praying for the good weather, the concept of geomantic omen which preventing from disaster and retaining fiscal, religious though of patronus. Under the concept, it’s decorative beauty is self-evident, that can accord with the demand of ritual system of feudal society. and contains the beauty of kindness of palace building. Superb stone and excellent skill make the magnificence of palace.In the sixth chapter of this paper, analysis the significance that inherit the head of Chi and the use instance of the head of Chi.And the problem of inheritance and development of the localization iwas thought. Finally, the focus discussed conclusion,certainly the head of Chi wins the value of the performance of traditional Chinese, and hope the study of the subject to subsequent interpretation the head of Chi to bring the value of reference us.

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