The Great Tang Records on the Western Region
Colour printing on xuan (bamboo paper), hand embossing, woodblock printing and xian zhuang (stitched binding) are all ancient techniques used by JAPL. Items of particular interest produced include the recreation of 500 year old books originally made by Emperor Yongle to record the Ming Dynasty, as well as key Confucius teachings. The books and scriptures, amongst other collections and art works, all displaying the time consuming and intricate skills, can be found in the vast on-site product exhibition room.
Description: The Great Tang Records on the Western Regions is a narrative of Xuanzang's nineteen year journey from Chang'an in central China to the Western Regions of Chinese historiography. The Buddhist scholar travelled through the Silk Road regions of what is today Xinjiang in Northwest China, as well as neighbouring areas in Central Asia and south China. Beyond these Chinese locations, Xuanzang also travelled around the perimeter of India, as far south as Kanchipuram. Xuanzang's travels demarcate not only an important place in cross-cultural studies of China and India, but also cross-cultural studies throughout the globe. The text is set-up as, both, an account of Xuanzang's religious pilgrimage as well as his report of the surrounding towns and provinces of Tang China.
Keywords: Thread-bound books, hard-bound books, copy of ancient paintings, engraving printing, collo edition
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