Gugong Museum: XUMIFUSHOU - DANG ZHASHILUNBU SI YUSHANG ZIJINCHENG ZHAN. (Fortune and Longevity of Sumeru: The Zhashilunbu Monastery Comes to the Forbidden City). 須彌福壽 - 當扎什倫布寺遇上紫禁城展. Beijing, 2020. 603 pp. Colour plates throughout, many full page. 38x26 cm. Wrappers.
GBP 280.00
Massive and weighty publication produced to accompany a memorable exhibition held in the Gugong Museum, Beijing, in late 2019 and early 2020. The huge Zhashilunbu Monastery is also known as the Tashilimpo Monastery and is located near Shigatse in Tibet. This important monastery has a rich and long history and has accumulated many religious artefacts over the centuries.
 Over 220 extremely fine exhibits were shown - 140 from the Gugong Museum collection and 80 or so from the Monastery's collections. Explores the Monastery's long cultural legacy and, not least, the tributary relationship between Tibet and the Qing court in the 17th and 18th centuries when the Qing rulers sought to unify the people and religions of their vast country. It also underlines the Qing emperors' fascination with Tibetan Buddhism, particularly during the Qianlong reign. Exhibits include Buddhist gilt-bronze statuary dating from the 9th century onwards. tangkas, sutras, religious objects, textiles and ceramics. Much Qing material. Many exceptional objects, most on public display for the first time. Illustrated throughout in colour. Text in Chinese.
Subjects: Religion
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