Reddish glass beads. These small red wire wound glass beads are one of the first of this type to appear in Indian trade. Approximate age is from 1645 to 1660. Location - Power House Site, Lima, New York. Dimensions are 3 mm by 4 mm."
Tubular Blue Cane Beads. A tubular blue glass cane bead with a faintly discernable thin white core. The ends of this bead are jagged and unfinished. Approximate age is from 1645 to 1660. Location- Power House Site, Lima, New York. Dimensions are 1 cm by 2.5 mm.
Brass Lion and Stag Pipe. A cast brass pipe decorated with a lion climbing up the back of the bowl and a stag on the stem. Approximate age is from 1675 to 1687. Location - Boughton Hill Site, Victor, New York. Dimensions are 13 cm by 7 cm.
Two Men in an Arbor. An ornamental antler comb shows two men standing side by side in an arbor, wearing wide brimmed hats, shirts and skirts. They may possibly represent missionaries wearing habits. Approximate age is from 1675 to 1687. Location - Rochester Junction, Mendon, New York. Dimensions are 6 cm by 6 cm.
Temple of Heaven: Qiniandian and Danbiqiao (imperial terrace passage way) viewed from afar: Danbiqiao (also called Hai-Mandadao) is raised 2.5 meters above the ground level, built in white stone. The mid-path is Shenlu (the way for divine deities); on the left is Wanglu (the way for emperors), on the right is Yulu (the way for royalty). The two side ways are for the state ministers. The Danbiqiao has a total length of 360 meters, connecting Qiniand
Temple of Heaven: Qiniandian is the place where the emperor prayed for bumper harvests. It was first built in 1420 and rebuilt in 1890. It is a round building of wood with three roof-tops one overhanging the other, 38 meters all, 30 meters in diameter, standing on a large three-tiered terrace base of white stone. The roof-tops are covered with glazed tiles in the deep blue radiating from the center, each one of the three being larger than the one o
Temple of Heaven: On the base of Qiniandian there is a three-tiered marble terrace, carved with designs of dragons, phoenixes, clouds and mountains in vivid form and exquisite workmanship. Looking at the building from below one is fascinated by the beauty of the pure white marble base, the deep blue roof-tops, the vermillion pillars, the brilliant designs and the golden crown shining bright in the air. It is gorgeous in color enveloped in an atmosp
Temple of Heaven: The inside structure of Qiniandian is marvelous and brilliant. The heavy roof-tops is supported by 28 huge nanmu pillars. The four of them in the center, called Longjingzhu, are the biggest, 19.2 meters tall, 1.2 meters in diameter, so huge that two adults can not touch finger0tips when embracing them. The throne in the hall is for the memorial tablet to the "God of Heaven" during the sacrifice offering ceremony. On the upper par
Temple of Heaven: Huangqongyu is a single-roofed hall with its roof covered with deep blue glazed tiles. It was originally built in 1530, rebuilt 1752. The hall was originally for the memorial tablet to the "God of Heaven," with the memorial tablets to royal ancestors of the preceding eight generations on the two sides. On occasions of homage paying to the "God of Heaven" these memorial tablets were placed in Huanqiu Hall for the ceremony. When vi
Temple of Heaven: Huiyinbi (the echo wall) is inside the compound for Huangqongyu. It is a very interesting place. When one talks in a low voice at the foot of the wall on the east, facing north, the other person at the foot of the wall on the west can hear very clearly, as if through a telephone, though they are actually separated by a distance of over 60 meters. This is because the wall is a circular structure, so the sound waves can be conducted
Temple of Heaven: Huanqiu, also called Huanqiutan, is the main building of Tiantan. The grand ceremony to pay homage to Heaven was conducted here. It is a round alter on a three-tiered terrace built of pure white marble. It was first built in 1530, rebuilt 1749. In old China there prevailed the belief that "Heaven is round and the earth is square," hence the round form of the structure.