Secrets of the Fallen Pagoda: The Famen Temple and Tang Court Culture
- About the Book
The capital of Tang China (618 – 907), Chang'an (present day Xi'an), was a hub for economic and cultural exchange. Nearby lies the Famen Temple, one of the most revered Buddhist sites in China. A finger bone relic of the Buddha and magnificent Tang dynasty objects of gold, silver, ceramics, and glass were sealed within an underground crypt there. For more than 1000 years, these treasures were forgotten until their chance discovery in 1987. Together with objects from other leading museums in Shaanxi, the exhibition covered by this text is a rare showcase of Tang aesthetics and culture for the first time in Southeast Asia.
This catalogue accompanies an exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum of treasures from the Famen Temple crypt and other Tang dynasty artworks. Essays examine relic worship at the Famen Temple and the Buddhist world of the Tang, the rationale for the arrangement of donations in the crypt chambers, and the Tang dynasties contacts with the wider world. Figures and murals from tombs, magnificent reliquary boxes, rare ceramics, and gold and silver metalwork tell the story of life and culture during the Tang.
- About the Author(s)
Eugene Y. Wang, AuthorEugene Y. Wang is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University.
Tansen Sen, Author
Chong Wang Shen, Author
Conan Cheong, Author
Kan Shuyi, Author
Libby Lai-Pik Chan, Author
Pedro Moura Carvalho, Author