Students will look closely at a the last imperial dynasty of China, 1644–1911. court robe known as a (chow-foo) literally, “audience robe”; a dress that the emperor, nobility, and court officials wore for formal occasions. Design and decoration of chaofu depended on the rank of the person who wore it.. They will learn about the beliefs in Chinese a belief in a divine meaning of numbers and their influence on human life. and its relationship to language. After counting the shapes or designs that are recognizable and have a meaning associated with them, they will learn why specific numbers of special images appear on the robe. Several related math problems are included.
- What is a symbol?
- What can numbers represent?
- How do beliefs about numbers in China relate to the language?
- How were beliefs incorporated into other cultural practices like dress and decoration?