Aboukyuu 阿房宮
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Ch: Epang Gong. The Epong Palace. A residence for concubines built by the first emperor of the Qin dynasty, Qinshihuangdi (Jp: Shin Shikoutei 秦始皇帝, BC 259-210), at Shanglinyuan (Jp: Jourin-en 上林苑) in Weinan (Jp: I'nan 渭南). Also, a subject of Chinese painting, typically included among the "pictures of pleasures at court" *kyuuraku-zu 宮楽図. Supposedly, the Epong Palace was inhabited by 3,000 beautiful women who increasingly became the focus of the emperor's attention. The poet Du Mu (Jp: To Boku 杜牧, 803-853) described the luxuries of Epong Palace. Late 16c *Kanouha 狩野派 artists painted the theme on fans, Nanzenji 南禅寺 in Kyoto, detailing the imagined splendors of Chinese court life.


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