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The Resource Authentic replicas : Buddhist art in medieval China, Hsueh-man Shen

Authentic replicas : Buddhist art in medieval China, Hsueh-man Shen

Label
Authentic replicas : Buddhist art in medieval China
Title
Authentic replicas
Title remainder
Buddhist art in medieval China
Statement of responsibility
Hsueh-man Shen
Title variation
Buddhist art in medieval China
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As belief in the Buddha grew and his teachings were transmitted across Asia, Buddhist images, scriptures, and relics were duplicated and reduplicated to satisfy the needs of increasing numbers of the faithful. Yet how were these countless copies of sacred objects able to retain their authenticity and efficacy? Authentic Replicas explores how Buddhists in medieval China (seventh to twelfth centuries) solved this conundrum through the use of traditional methods of replication such as stamping, mold casting, and woodblock printing to create objects that fulfilled the spiritual aspirations of those who possessed them. Setting aside Western notions about the relative value of copies versus the "original," the book posits Buddhist ideas on what imbues an object with credibility and authority and offers fresh insights into the ways authenticity was represented and reproduced in the Chinese Buddhist context. Each section of the volume focuses on an area of artistic output to provide readers with a thorough grasp of the theological concepts underpinning each act of duplication. Part I looks at the replication of sutras to clarify how the spiritual value of a handwritten sutra differed from a printed one. In Part II, clay tablets, woodblock prints, silk paintings, and cave murals are examined to trace iconographic lineages and uncover the divine identity in each new replica. The chapters in Part III describe in detail the copying of the Buddha's bodily relics and the endlessly repeated votive act of burying these in stupas. Of particular significance is the visual and textual vocabulary used on reliquaries to persuade adherents to believe in the actual presence of the Buddha concealed inside. Deftly weaving together data and research from several disciplines, including Buddhist studies, archaeology, and art history, Authentic Replicas vividly conveys how replication lay at the heart of Buddhist worship in medieval China, offering a new understanding of how religious belief guided the artistic output of an entire age
Cataloging source
HU/DLC
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Shen, Hsueh-man
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
N8193.C6
LC item number
S54 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Buddhism and art
  • Buddhist art and symbolism
  • Art, Medieval
  • Art, Medieval
  • Buddhism and art
  • Buddhist art and symbolism
  • China
Label
Authentic replicas : Buddhist art in medieval China, Hsueh-man Shen
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-316) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Establishing textual authority in a print culture -- Accruing merit in a manuscript culture -- Multiple ways to multiply Buddhist images -- Replication and the transmission of Buddhist iconography -- Replicating the Buddha's true appearance -- Manifesting the Buddha body in reliquaries -- Reenacting the devotional act of relic burial
Control code
1029063821
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xi, 334 pages
Isbn
9780824867058
Lccn
2018008640
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028611439
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
w010225
System control number
(OCoLC)1029063821
Label
Authentic replicas : Buddhist art in medieval China, Hsueh-man Shen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-316) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Establishing textual authority in a print culture -- Accruing merit in a manuscript culture -- Multiple ways to multiply Buddhist images -- Replication and the transmission of Buddhist iconography -- Replicating the Buddha's true appearance -- Manifesting the Buddha body in reliquaries -- Reenacting the devotional act of relic burial
Control code
1029063821
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xi, 334 pages
Isbn
9780824867058
Lccn
2018008640
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028611439
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
w010225
System control number
(OCoLC)1029063821

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