Art in America; An Illustrated Magazine Volume 1

Art in America; An Illustrated Magazine Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...as it is at the present day, which would give it a greater resemblance to our figure (Fig. 32). If then I am right and these statuettes represent, the one a monk and the other a priest vested for the altar, holy men both, as their halos testify, how came they in China in the great days of T'ang? When the followers of Nestorius the Syrian, sometime Patriarch of Constantinople, were expelled from the Church on the deposition of their leader by the Synod of Ephesus, which adjudged them heretics, in 431, they rallied at Edessa under Bishop Ibas; but in 489 the Emperor suppressed the school there and they fled ever eastward into Persia, in which country they still exist, at once a church and a nation, under their hereditary Patriarch or Katholikos, entirely isolated from the rest of Christendom since the fifth century. They were from the first zealous missionaries and are believed to have penetrated into China in 505. At any rate the famous Nestorian Stone Tablet of Singanfu, the authenticity of which has, I believe, never been questioned, records,1 "that in the time of the Emperor Taitsung, Olopun arrived from the country of Syria in A.D. 635... He arrived at Chang-an... In 638 an Imperial Proclamation was issued to build a Syrian Church in the Capital, which shall be governed by twenty-one priests.... Every city was full of churches. In 744 the Emperor commanded... seven priests to perform a service of merit in the palace. The white clad members of the illustrious congregation... erected in the second year of Kienchung of the T'ang dynasty (A.D. 781)" this tablet in Chang-an, on the site where it stood until recently removed for its better preservation to the Peilin or "Forest of Tablets" in Singanfu. On it are given the names of...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236595939
  • 9781236595935