Gugong Museum: GUGONG BOWUYUAN CANGPIN DAXI: SHANBEN TECANG BIAN 16: YUBI XIEJING. Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Rare Books and Special Archives 16: Sutras Transcribed by Imperial Family Members. Beijing, 2014. 298, vi pp. 277 pp. full page colour plates. Small colour text plates. 39x27 cm. Cloth.
Volume 16 in this fine series on the holdings of rare books and archives in the collection of the Gugong Palace Museum in Beijing shows a stunning selection of magnificent Buddhist sutras transcribed by Qing dynasty emperors and one by the Dowager Empress, Cixi. Comprises 19 by the Kangxi emperor, 23 by the Qianlong emperor and one each by Jiaqing, Daoguang, Xianfeng, Tongzhi, Guangxu, Ci Xi and the final emperor of the Qing dynasty, Xuantong (Pu Yi). All the sutras are shown in multiple views and include images of painted illustrations (presumably done by court painters) accompanying the sutra texts. Unsurprisingly, the sutras were bound with sumptuous silk brocade covers and sometimes enclosed in elaborate cases done to the highest possible craftsmanship. Such covers and cases are also shown. The sample pages of text and illustration from the sutras are shown life-size or near life-size. Practically all this material is previously unpublished and is testament to the strivings of the Qing emperors to achieve Buddhist favour. Illustrated throughout with fine full page colour plates. Dual texts in Chinese and English.
Subjects: Rare Books Textiles
Can be ordered in, as of: 09/09/2018
Was item 117 in printed List 193.
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