Protecting the Dharma through Calligraphy in Tang China : A Study of the Ji Wang shengjiao xu 集王聖教序 The Preface to the Buddhist Scriptures Engraved on Stone in Wang Xizhi’s Collated Characters book cover
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Protecting the Dharma through Calligraphy in Tang China
A Study of the Ji Wang shengjiao xu 集王聖教序 The Preface to the Buddhist Scriptures Engraved on Stone in Wang Xizhi’s Collated Characters



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ISBN 9781032136936
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
478 Pages 71 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This is a study of the earliest and finest collated inscription in the history of Chinese calligraphy, the Ji Wang shengjiao xu 集王聖教序 (Preface to the Sacred Teaching Scriptures Translated by Xuanzang in Wang Xizhi’s Collated Characters), which was erected on January 1, 673. The stele records the two texts written by the Tang emperors Taizong (599–649) and Gaozong (628–683) in honor of the monk Xuanzang (d. 664) and the Buddhist scripture Xin jing (Heart Sutra), collated in the semi-cursive characters of the great master of Chinese calligraphy, Wang Xizhi (303–361). It is thus a Buddhist inscription that combines Buddhist authority, political power, and artistic charm in one single monument. The present book reconstructs the multifaceted context in which the stele was devised, aiming at highlighting the specific role calligraphy played in the propagation and protection of Buddhism in medieval China.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER ONE

Buddhism and Calligraphy in Medieval China

CHAPTER TWO

Wang Xizhi’s Calligraphy and the Semi-cursive Script (Xingshu 行書)

CHAPTER THREE

The Ji Wang shengjiao xu and Its Texts

CHAPTER FOUR

The Context of the Erection of the Ji Wang shengjiao xu

CHAPTER FIVE

A History of the Location of the Ji Wang shengjiao xu

CHAPTER SIX

The Collation of Wang Xizhi’s Characters for the Ji Wang shengjiao xu

CHAPTER SEVEN

The Carving of the Ji Wang shengjiao xu

CHAPTER EIGHT

The Shape and the Calligraphy of the Ji Wang shengjiao xu

CONCLUSION

APPENDICES

Appendix I: Transcription and Translation of the Ji Wang shengjiao xu

Appendix II: A Survey of Collated Inscriptions in Wang Xizhi’s Characters

TABLES

FACSIMILE

Complete Reproduction of Mitsui Ji Wang 1 (Folios 1-36)

BIBLIOGRAPHY, GLOSSARY, AND INDEX

Bibliography

Glossary of Calligraphic Terms

General Index

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Biography

Pietro De Laurentis was born in southern Italy and studied Sinology at the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” where he received his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies in 2007. He was trained in Chinese philology and Chinese calligraphy, theoretical and practical, in Hangzhou, Tianjin, and Shanghai. From 2010 to 2016 he was Research Fellow at the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” where he taught Literary Chinese and Modern Chinese. He is currently visiting professor at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.