Since the beginning of recorded history canopies have been a crucial element of daily life and architectural design which is often over looked. From Ancient Egypt to China and the great Ming Dynasty, back to Berlin and everywhere in-between canopies have been used, in art, design, architecture and even religion and culture.
In Egypt Canopies where used on boats to protect the important and wealthy from the hash sun light as they travelled along the Nile. Canopies were also used in burial rituals, either a full sized or model boat with a canopy on it would be placed in the tomb of the bed so carry them to the heavens and protect them along their journey.
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