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The Lion and Dragon: Britain's first embassy to China

Narrative 18: The Costume of China

One of the most striking features to differentiate the Chinese from the British landscape was the abundance of pagodas. They were originally part of Buddhist temple complexes but beside their continuing religious significance, had for generations been constructed for commemorative and superstitious purposes.

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The Costume of China

William Alexander. The Costume of China. 1805. 142.f.16

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