??????????. TAISHANG XUANLING BEIDOU YANSHENG BENMING ZHENJING. [THE AUTHENTIC SCRIPTURE OF THE NATAL DESTINY OF THE NORTHERN DIPPER FOR EXTENDING LIFE [AS REVEALED BY] THE MYSTERIOUS SPIRIT OF THE MOST HIGH].

Lot Number 226
Author Daoist Manuscript
Title

??????????. TAISHANG XUANLING BEIDOU YANSHENG BENMING ZHENJING. [THE AUTHENTIC SCRIPTURE OF THE NATAL DESTINY OF THE NORTHERN DIPPER FOR EXTENDING LIFE [AS REVEALED BY] THE MYSTERIOUS SPIRIT OF THE MOST HIGH].

Year Published 1543 OR LATER?]
Place Printed [CHINA
Printed By
Description Folio (340 x 140mm.), illuminated manuscript on paper, 132 leaves, 28 paintings (12 double-page), bound concertina-style, yellow silk upper cover, cloth label on upper cover, housed in custom box, slightly worn, light dampstaining, without lower board, wear to covers
Comments A RARE AND RICHLY HAND-COLOURED DAOIST MANUSCRIPT, COMMISSIONED BY A CHINESE EMPRESS. "This illuminated manuscript presents a scripture from the Daoist canon. Composed during the Song dynasty. The Authentic Scripture is one of a set of five scriptures that purport to record a revelation by the legendary Daoist Laozi to Zhang Daoling (2nd century), who is considered by many to be the founder of religious Daoism. By modern times the text was one of the most widely recited religious books in China. Many Daoists believe that the stars of the constellation Northern Dipper (Beidou [or Big Dipper])... govern a person's life, with the year in which one is born determining the effective star. Daoist scriptures such as this one thus provide talismans with which believers engage the services of the officers of the Northern Dipper, who protect life and help people in difficulties. Ritual recitation of the scripture is thought to dispel misfortune and enable one to live long and prosperously. A colophon in the end of the manuscript states that it was produced for an empress of the Ming dynasty on the twenty-eighth day of the seventh lunar month in the twenty-second year of the Jiajing emperor's reign (1522-1566) ??????????, or 28 August 1543" (All Under Heaven).
References All Under Heaven 26
Provenance Cornelius J. Hauck, bookplate, purchased from the bookseller Emil Offenbacher (1909-1990); sale "The History of the Book: The Cornelius J. Hauck Collection", Christie's New York, 27 June 2006, lot 15
Estimated Price GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00
( USD 25,600.00 - 38,400.00 )
Actual Price GBP 485,000.00 ( USD 601,400.00 )

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Auction House Sothebys
Website http://www.sothebys.com/
Auction Name China in Print and on Paper
Sale Number #L16409
Auction Date November 7, 2016 - November 7, 2016
Sale Name China in Print and on Paper
Total Lots 263
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