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Pagoda of Fogong Temple

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dc.coverage.spatial Site: Ying County, Shanxi, China en_US
dc.coverage.temporal 1056 (creation) en_US
dc.creator unknown en_US
dc.date 1056 en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-25T17:14:46Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-25T17:14:46Z
dc.date.issued 1056 en_US
dc.identifier 235543 en_US
dc.identifier.other archrefid: 2528 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.3/143278
dc.description Bell tower (Zhonglou) of the temple complex, with the main entry hall beyond; Also called the Mu ta (Timber Pagoda) or Fogong si. One of the extant buildings of the Liao dynasty, a Northern Chinese dynastic period dating from 907 to 1125; it was founded by the proto-Mongolian and nomadic Khitan people. Liao architecture displays Tang influence and an adherence to Buddhism. The pagoda is dedicated to Shakyamuni Buddha. The pagoda stands on a 4 m (13 ft) tall stone platform, has a 10 m (33 ft) tall steeple, and reaches a total height of 67.31 m (220.83 ft) tall; it is the oldest existent fully wooden pagoda still standing in China. The wide, octagonal, five-story (exterior) structure is somewhat squat. The compact bracket system supporting the steeply sloping and projecting eaves is fairly sophisticated, and flying rafters are employed throughout. The structure is unique: its six layers of exterior eaves conceal its interior construction: five interior colonnaded floors and four perimeter galleries, topped by a roof level. Moreover, 56 different bracketing formations have been identified, many of which correspond to illustrations in the Yingzao fashi of 50 years later. Source: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/ (accessed 7/31/2012) en_US
dc.format.medium wood; tile en_US
dc.rights © Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc. en_US
dc.subject architecture en_US
dc.subject deities en_US
dc.subject Buddhist en_US
dc.subject Buddhism en_US
dc.subject Liao en_US
dc.title Pagoda of Fogong Temple en_US
dc.title.alternative 佛宫寺释迦塔 en_US
dc.title.alternative Mu ta (Timber Pagoda) en_US
dc.type image en_US
dc.rights.access Licensed for educational and research use by the MIT community only en_US
dc.identifier.vendorcode 1A2-CH-D-PFT-E4 en_US
vra.culturalContext Chinese en_US
vra.technique construction (assembling) en_US
vra.worktype temple en_US
vra.worktype pagoda (building) en_US
dc.contributor.display unknown (Chinese) en_US


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