The Xi’an Kharoṣṭhī Inscription: A New Translation
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AbstractThis paper reexamines one of two rare exemplars of Kharoṣṭhī found thus far in China proper—the Xi’an inscription written on the base of a gilt-bronze Buddha image. The inscription was first analyzed in 1991, but in recent years a few experts of Gāndhārī, especially Stefan Baums, have presented important emendations online (gandhari.org). Informed by that new insight, this essay reexamines the inscription and attempts an alternative translation. It argues that in terms of morphology, phonology, and onomastics, the inscription is the work of an émigré from Kroraina. Facilitated by this new information and other art-historical parameters, its mid- to late-fourth-century date is reaffirmed, and the sociocultural background of early medieval China in which this intriguing piece of a Buddhist image was produced is reconsidered.
Acceptance Date31/08/2020
All Author(s) ListMinku Kim
All Editor(s) ListAnke M. Hein, Rowan K. Flad, Bryan K. Miller
Book titleThe Art and Archaeology of Ritual and Economy in East Asia: Festschrift in Honor of Lothar von Falkenhausen’s 60th Birthday
Year2021
PublisherUCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Place of PublicationLos Angeles
Pages1 - 42
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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