Zhejiang Provincial Museum & Dingzhou Museum ed: XIN FANG GU WAI: DINGZHOU JINGZHI JINGZHONG FO TA DIGONG WENWU. Exhibition of Cultural Relics Found in the Underground Crypts of Buddhist Pagodas at Jingzhi and Jingzhong in Dingzhou). Beijing, 2014. 115 pp. full page colour plates throughout. 2 foldouts. 29x22 cm. Cloth.
Catalogue of an exhibition at the Zhejiang Provincial Museum in Hangzhou at the end of 2014/early 2015 showing superb Buddhist artefacts and offerings excavated in 1969 at two Buddhist temple sites in Dingzhou in Hebei province dating from the early Song dynasty. The first was an underground crypt found in the remains of the foundations of a Buddhist pagoda at the site of Jingzhi Temple. The second was another crypt found at a similar site in the same area known as Jingzhong Yuan. Given that the finds were made during the Cultural Revolution, they are little-known and this is the first major exhibition of the artefacts outside Dingzhou where they are held in the local museum. The Jingzhi crypt yielded an extraordinary array of artefacts dating from the Han to the Song but mostly from the Tang to the early Song. The Jingzhong crypt yielded fewer artefacts but equally fine. Both finds included reliquaries, gold and silver and, of particular interest given the crypts are located in Dingzhou, numerous extremely fine intact examples of Ding wares. Illustrated throughout. In Chinese. The first major publication on these finds. Very hard to obtain and out-of-print.
Subjects: Buddhist Art Ceramics
Available, as of: 20/09/2021
Was item 241 in printed List 201.
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