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Archaeological Evidence, Cultural Imagination and Image of the Mediaeval World: New Perspectives on Treasures from Qiuci (Kucha)

Yu Xin (欣 余)


Pages 113 - 152

DOI https://doi.org/10.13173/centasiaj.63.1-2.0113




The Kingdom of Qiuci (now Kucha in Xinjiang) was a key city along the central
east-west route of the Silk Road, providing many unusual treasures. This paper
analyses five of these treasures: the Quzhi pot, Qiuci board, golden glass, the
silver bowl known as Polou (patrōδ) and the Youxian (immortals'
land) pillow. This study of foreign cultures in the medieval Chinese imagination
stands at the intersection of philology, material culture studies and art
history, utilising a range of sources, such as historical records, literary
anecdotes, excavated documents, archeological finds and Chinese rare books.
Treasures from Qiuci constitute one case study of a larger topic that the author
has been grappling with, namely what can be considered as Chinese “natural
history” and concerning China's mediaeval understanding of the world. The
treasures are valuable because they show how foreign treasures, both in material
objects unearthed through modern archaeology, and in the lore and symbolism of
the objects circulating in the medieval Chinese imagination, are a synthesis of
history and myth, of the known and the mysterious.




恤糎異物的文化想像緹世界圖景


作翻仔細搜羅來縖恤糎的實存的異物珍玩和帶有烽大想像成份的禥構寶物猹料ô對五種珍奇異物æ屈支灌、恤糎板、港柩愲、涀柩羅、澶仙枕ô濎瞴了細緻
的翽察ô疚圖將傳統史志、出土文獻、翽古發掘實物緹域外漢籍互相印璷ô綜 合澵用小學、名物翽璷、歷史學ó翽古學ó畢瘀學分析等工具濎瞴會濦式的研
究ô揭示濧些寶物作為異文化符禡的玟徵意義。本文是中國古代博物學整攬構 架中樤於殊方異物研究的一漘分。作翻畳為ô文獻中樤於異物以及出產濧些異
物的異國的痨烷ô經常是真實的史料、傳畖緹神疏並存ô濧些禥實之橭的材料ô恰好為我們提供了交互的異文化圖景ô也是時人癀念和心態的瞘徵。從文化心理的瘮度審癪和渳繪中古時代之世界圖像ô瀃索它的成立緹瑶幻的澲程ô可
以使我們獲得新的歷史畳知和攬悟。


樤沋疢:恤糎、國楥寶物、博物學、絲綢之爑、世界癀


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