The earliest color overprint of engraving in China

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The earliest woodblock color overprint print in China was found in Yingxian Wooden Pagoda in Shanxi Province. It is understood that three woodblock color overprint prints of the Liao Dynasty, "Sakyamuni sayings", found in the Sakyamuni pagoda of the Buddhist temple in Yingxian County, Shanxi Province (commonly known as Yingxian Wooden Pagoda), will be shown shortly during the 950 anniversary ceremony of the completion of Yingxian Wooden Pagoda

according to Xinhua, expert Jie Linghao Shao, "Sakya sayings" is the earliest color overprint in China. According to Qin Liangtai, director of Yingxian Wooden Pagoda cultural relics preservation office, the story of Sakyamuni is 66 cm vertical and 61.5 cm horizontal, made of silk. It can be seen from the picture of the change between soft and hard that Sakyamuni Buddha is sitting upright on the lotus platform, his hands caressing his knees, with folded flowers on both sides, eight disciples standing with their hands folded on both sides, with different expressions, and one threatening attendant and one incarnate boy, and there are seven words of Sakyamuni Buddha Nanwu on the picture. The picture is overprinted in red, yellow and blue

according to the introduction, these three "Sakya sayings" were found in the Sakya Buddha statue originally placed on the fourth floor of the wooden tower when the State Administration of cultural heritage and other units repaired the county wooden tower in 1974. At that time, the three "Sakya sayings" were complementary to each other and were placed in a silver box together with the "Buddha Tooth Relic" and the "seven treasures" of Buddhism. The discovery of "Sakya sayings" shows that China had chromatic printing technology in the song and Liao dynasties

source: Huasheng news

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