Gugong Museum: CINING GONG HUAYUAN. Garden of the Palace of Motherly Tranquility. Beijing, 2015. 383 pp. Colour plates, many full page, throughout. 29x21 cm. Wrappers.
A detailed survey of the garden adjacent to the Cining Gong (Palace of Motherly Tranquility) located on the western axis of the Forbidden City. Cining Gong is famous as the residence of the much-adored mother of the Qianlong emperor, the Dowager Empress Chongqing. The garden was for her personal use and within lies a pavilion built over water, the Xianruo Guan, that houses many Buddhist artefacts and which was the preferred place of worship for the Empress and her ladies. The whole area has recently been restored and reopened to the public. This work explores the garden and, in particular, the many beautiful Buddhist objects in the pavilion which, until now, were little-known and unpublished. These include much Buddhist statuary and paintings, together with some textiles and ritual implements. Illustrated throughout with colour plates. Text in Chinese.
Subjects: Forbidden City Sculpture
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