Description Watercolor, 15 x 11; Golden yellow had long been a symbol of the royal family in ancient China and it is a dominant color in the Forbidden City. Roofs are constructed with yellow glazed tiles; decorations in the palace are often yellow. On each corner of the roofs, there are small statuettes, the number of which designated the power of the person living within the building. The number 9 was reserved for the emperor. smaller the numbers, hold less power. In this painting, there is only one statuette, because the roof is the gate lead to a living courtyard of lower rank of an imperial mistress.