c1909 Chinese Photo Album Travels & Local Life, Ming Tombs, Avenue of Stone Animals

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We sold this item at auction for $500
 in November, 2023.

This antique Chinese photo album dates to 1909 and is filled with content that is exceptionally rare and historically significant. Britannic Auctions sold this Chinese photo album for $500.

Content Overview

The album features photographs showcasing notable sites such as the Ming Tombs and the Avenue of Stone Animals, offering viewers a glimpse into China’s architectural and cultural heritage. Additionally, it includes candid snapshots portraying everyday life in China during the early 20th century.

Historical Context

The year 1909 holds significance in Chinese history as a time of transition marked by political and socio-cultural changes. This period laid the groundwork for the eventual downfall of the Qing Dynasty and the subsequent establishment of the Republic of China in 1911.

In 1911, just two years after the 1909 period, the Xinhai Revolution erupted, leading to the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China. Chiang Kai-shek played a significant role in the revolution, serving as a military commander and strategist.

Ming Tombs and the Avenue of Stone Animals

The Ming Tombs, located in North China, served as the burial grounds for Ming Dynasty emperors. The Avenue of Stone Animals, a prominent feature within this necropolis, consists of lifelike sculptures representing various animals and mythical creatures. These statues hold symbolic significance as guardians of the imperial tombs.

Preservation of China’s Cultural Heritage

The preservation of artifacts such as the antique Chinese photo album is crucial for maintaining and transmitting cultural heritage to future generations. These items not only serve as historical records but also contribute to a deeper understanding of China’s cultural evolution over time.

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