ECANG XIKEQIN YISHUPIN. Shikchin Art Relics Collected in the State Hermitage Museum of Russia. Shanghai, 2011. 12, 417 pp. 86 pp. colour & 133 pp. b/w plates. A few b/w text plates and drawings. 38x27 cm. Cloth.
Xikeqin is a ruined and little-known Buddhist complex situated south-east of the the town of Yanqi in China's Xinjiang province. It lies on the Northern Silk Road in the Turfan depression. The site is also known as Shikchin/Shikshin/Shorchuk and is near Karashahr. It is also referred to by the generic name, Mingoi. The site was investigated by Grunwedel during the Third Turfan Expedition of 1905 to 1907, by Stein in 1907 whilst on his second expedition (described in Serindia) and also by Oldenburg during the Russian expeditions to Turkestan in 1909 and 1914. Whilst descriptions of the site, and finds made there, were published in the accounts of the above explorers, very little has been published since. This work systematically describes and illustrates in fine full page colour plates the artefacts discovered and excavated by Oldenburg (the majority dating from the Tang dynasty) and now held in the collection of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Includes very fine stucco paintings of Buddhist deities, terracotta figurines, wooden pieces etc. Also reproduces the numerous black-and-white photographs taken by the Oldenburg expedition, together with a few plans and drawings. Illustrated with numerous full page colour and black-and-white plates. List of contents and nine pages of useful introduction and essays in English. Main text in Chinese. Produced to a high standard and a valuable addition to the limited literature on this Silk road site. Complete in this one volume. Published in a very limited edition of 300 copies, of which only 100 were made available for sale in China. Out-of-print.
Subjects: Silk Road Buddhist Art
Available, as of: 26/04/2018
Was item 465 in printed List 192.
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