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Dunhuang manuscript forgeries / edited by Susan Whitfield.

Dunhuang manuscript forgeries / edited by Susan Whitfield.
London : British Library, 2002.

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Whitfield, Susan, 1960-
ix, 358 p. : ill. (some col.); 24 cm.
"The discovery in 1900 of a cave at Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China, containing tens of thousands of pre-eleventh century manuscript scrolls has been of enormous significance for Buddhist, Central Asian and Chinese history. Yet it now appears that some of the manuscripts reportedly from the cave and now in collections in London, Beijing, St. Petersburg and Japan are forgeries, produced in the decades following the discovery by both local forgers at Dunhuang and at the home of a Chinese bibliophile, Li Shengduo, who had acquired many original manuscripts in 1910. Professor Fujieda from Kyoto University, Japan, was the leading figure in bringing the problem of forgeries to light and the results of his work and that of leading scientists, conservators and scholars in the field - using analysis of the calligraphy, use of ancient words, chemical testing of the dyes and paper fibres - are brought together in the first major discussion of this issue."--BOOK JACKET.
Series Statement
British Library studies in conservation science ; 3
Uniform Title
British Library studies in conservation science 3.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 330-346) and index.
Processing Action (note)
  • committed to retain
The issue of fakes, forgeries and their detection -- The story of Dunhuang and its forgeries -- Codicoogical and scientific analysis of Dunhuang manuscripts -- Dunhuang collections: specific studies.
  • 49551117
  • SCSB-10529363
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Harvard Library