MIAOFA LIANHUA JING WENJU

MS 2548
MS Short Title MIAOFA LIANHUA JING WENJU
Text MIAOFA LIANHUA JING WENJU; THE PATRIARCH ZHIKAI'S INTERPRETATION OF THE LOTUS SUTRA
Description Blockprint in Chinese on white mulberry paper, Shanxi (Jianzhou) province, China, 1148-1173, 1 roll of 39 of originally 40 sheets, 30x1922 cm, (24x1918 cm), 26 columns, 20-26 characters in Chinese book script.
Provenance Guangsheng temple, Zhaocheng county; 2. Ekky Chung collection, Indonesia/Beverly Hills, California (-1997); 3. Sam Fogg Rare Books Ltd., London.
Commentary This was one of the three most important Chinese treatises contributing to the analysis of the Lotus sutra philosophy. According to the format of this sutra and its typical Yan Zhenqing style calligraphy, it belongs to the Tripitaka published in Jianzhou (present Shanxi province), during the Jin dynasty, which was established by Tungusic tribes and dominated Manchuria and North China from 1115-1234. The Tripitaka is known as the Zhaocheng Tripitaka for being stored in Guangsheng temple in Zhaocheng county. As the only tripitaka produced in the Jin empire, it provides some precious information about how strongly the Tungus had been influenced by Chinese culture. The Zhaocheng Tripitaka was cut between 1148 and 1173. The original set consisted of some 7,000 rolls in 682 cases, but only 4957 rolls exist today.
Place of origin China
Dates 1148 - 1173 AD

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