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|Author :||SHAOLIN SI. [SHAO-LIN MONASTERY/TEMPLE, CHINA.]|
|Title :||LI DAI SHAOLIN SHI GIA JEN WU SHI GI. HISTORICAL CHINA MAP. A MAGNIFICENT & LARGE WOODBLOCK MAP SHOWING ALL OF CHINA. THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE WORLD MAP OF PEOPLE AND THINGS IN CHINA. JAPANESE TITLE: REKIDAI JISEKI ZU: HISTORICAL MAP OF CHINA.|
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. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE WALL-SIZE MAP OF CHINA
. EXECTED BY A SHAOLIN ZEN MASTER
The Shaolin Xi [Monastery/Temple] is a Chán [Zen] Buddhist
temple at Song Shan near Zheng Zhou City, Henan Province in
Dengfeng, China. It was led by Venerable abbot Shi Yongxìn.
founded in the 5th century, the monastery has been famous
for centuries its association with Chinese martial arts and
particularly with Shaolin Kung Fu. It is also a Mahayana
Buddhist monastery perhaps best known to the Western world.
The Shaolin Monastery and its famed Pagoda Forest were
inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010 as part of
the Historic Monuments of Dengfeng.
Extracted from Wikipedia.
A RARE EDITION:
Reprinted and published in Japan by Katsuragawa Hosan in
1750, reproduced from the Chinese original of Kangxi 27
. The original Chinese edition has been exceptionally
obscure and impossible to come by for over the last
two-hundred years and is believed now to be lost to
PRINTING TECHNIQUE AND THE PAPER:
The work is woodblock printed by hand on hand-made Washi
paper, then hand-colored in delicate pastels.
CHINESE VIEW OF ANCIENT CHINA:
This grand scale work covers a very large space and is quite
handsome, suitable for framing and display. The map shows a
full view of all of China, from the Great Wall in the North,
Shanghai, the East coast, down to the oceans in the South
and Hainan Island, and the coasts along he Eastern shores.
This is a spectacular work, showing each province in pastel
colors, with outlines, large numbers of place names, rivers
& the major waterways, mountains named and located. By and
large inspired to show all of the known lands considered a
part of China, delineating the country and its exterior
Japan and other islands are not shown, but boxes with notes
in Chinese as to their existence and location are well
documented. The lower portion has text discussing the
population of the various provinces and other notes. Areas
beyond the traditional lines of China, i.e.: North of the
Great Wall, and to
RARITY OF THE MAP AND ITS MAKERS:
This grand-scale and truly spectacular work is virtually
never found on the market. The Shaolin Monastery monks were
the original founders of the celebrated and now famous
Kung-fu martial art school, located in Henan province. The
priests were legendary and the most feared for their martial
art prowess. They were also covert with their powerful
political force in China.
SHAOLIN SI [TEMPLE/MONASTERY] LEGENDARY CUSTOMS:
Priests who passed the highest level of Kung-fu martial art
were invited to participate in a recognition ceremony. They
were allowed to self-brand themselves by picking up a
red-hot iron brazier that had long temple dragon decorations
on the sides. The branding was accomplished by clamping the
brazier between their forearms until the dragon image was
branded on them. These brazier dragons are identical to the
long dragon found at the top of this historic map.
Another ancient practices used was the Jieba. It is an
ancient ceremony where nine marks are burned onto the head
with sticks of incense. In 2007 the Chinese government
partially lifted the 300-year ban of the Jieba, allowing the
the mentally and physically prepared to participate in the
ancient tradition. Incense or moxa was used on top of the
shaved head and burned in a ceremony of dedication to the
Shaolin Si [temple/monastery] by the most skilled of martial
WHY THE DRAGON SYMBOL WAS USED BY SHAOLIN MONKS:
The top of the map show the dragon as a symbol of the
Shaolin Si. In China the dragon is the first of twelve
zodiac animals and is the most powerful of all and
represents the ultimate and greatest of all powers known. It
is also the one and only legendary animal in the zodiac, the
rest are actual animals. Because this map was conceived of,
carved and printed at the Shaolin Xi monastery [or temple]
by these very priests, they put the most powerful symbol at
the top, a dragon. The symbolic meaning indicated that China
was superior to all other nations. It was also a private pun
by the Shaolin priests indicating for all to see and know
that the Shaolin temple and its priests were above all
others. Additionally it reminded and indicated that the
Shaolin priest were the most powerful martial artists and
covert political force in all China.
The original Chinese edition has been exceptionally obscure
and impossible to come by for over the last two-hundred
years and is believed now to be lost to posterity.
Shaolin Si [temple/monastery] imprints are very R A R E !
Few references or examples exist of their woodblock printed
works. This edition was a copy of the original re-carved by
the Japanese and reissued. Not only is this map of great
interest to Chan [Zen] Buddhists, Shaolin Kung-fu
collectors, martial artists and historians, but to students
of Chinese cartography, collectors and museums.
The map has been professionally re-backed in its distant
past, due to the large amount of old worming. It is now
solid and stable. Because of the rarity of this work, a
complete map found in any condition would be now considered
exceptionally R A R E ! Please review images posted to our
website to observe the restored condition.
The map has been rebound in non-original paper covers,
perhaps about 100 years ago. It is contained in a brown
cloth Chuan [Chitsu] folding slipcase, with ivory clasps,
cloth a bit faded, one edge a bit worn, else clean & solid.
While we have made efforts to take good digital photographs
and scans of our copy, due to the exceptionally large size
of the map, these photos are not of the highest quality. We
therefore are additionally using copies of this map from the
Oda reference book illustrations as samples of what the map
is like. Please note the following digital images are from
Oda: cover.jpg, illus08.jpg & illus12.jpg, the balance are
from our digital camera.
Any client who purchases this map may be interested in the
Japanese text found in Oda. Upon request, we are happy to
provide a copy of his entry.
G. Beans: A LIST OF JAPANESE MAPS OF THE TOKUGAWA ERA,
Supplement A, on p.14, as #1750.1, with confirmation date of
1750. Beans gives this the title: "THE BEST COLLECTION OF
ANCIENT AND MODERN WORKS CONCERNING THE HISTORICAL EVENTS
THROUGHOUT THE DYNASTIES, BY THE MONASTERY OF SHAO-LIN."
T. Oda: THE WORLD IN JAPANESE MAPS UNTIL THE MID-19TH
CENTURY, p.52-53, item #24 for 2 excellent color examples.
Oda shows the Japanese title: REKIDAI JISEKI ZU: HISTORICAL
MAP OF CHINA, reproduced from the Chinese original of 1679
by Katsuragawa Hosan, 1750. Beautifully reproduced here in
Meir Shahar: The Xiaolin Monastery: History, Religion, and
the Chinese Martial Arts.
Color scans of this and most items are posted to our web
site. . *** Color scans of this and most other items are posted to our website.
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