Cluster Leader: James Robson, Harvard University

The main goals of the “Texts in Statues” cluster are to identify, catalogue, and study all statues from China, Korea, and Japan with manuscripts and texts that have been interred inside of them.  Included in the scope of this project will be statues in situ in Asia as well as those in museums in Asia or abroad.  Researchers in each area will be charged with compiling an annotated bibliography of: 1.)  Primary sources (canonical and extra-canonical) that describe the interment of material inside of statues; 2.) Academic studies of known statues containing manuscripts and texts; and 3.) Mentions of the interment of texts in other historical or literary sources. Fieldwork in China, Korea and Japan will be aimed at identifying unpublished and/or unattested statues with materials inside of them and establish contacts with local scholars working on this area of research.  The final stage of the project will entail the study of the materials found inside the statues, the convening of a conference on the topic, and the publication of volume of essays that provides an authoritative study of statues with texts inside of them throughout East Asia.

The first year of the project will involve a trip to South Korea to work with Korean colleagues on developing a comprehensive database of all images in Korea with texts interred inside of them.  It is also hoped that during this visit we will be able to photograph the contents of some statues and photograph or digitally scan the texts inside of those images.

Affiliated Researchers Associated Researchers
 Michael Friedrich, University of Hamburg  Christoph Anderl, University of Ghent
 Imre Galambos, University of Cambridge  James Benn, McMaster University
 Youn-mi Kim, Yale University  Paul Copp, University of Chicago
 Jiang Wu, University of Arizona  Ann Heirman, University of Ghent
 Ross King, University of British Columbia
 Lori Meeks, University of Southern California
 Kai Sheng, Tsinghua University
 Yinggang Sun, Zhejiang University
 Stephen Teiser, Princeton University
 Eugene Wang, Harvard University
 Yong Wang, Zhejiang GongShang University
Cluster 3.3

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