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Northern Song Dynasty Haiqing Temple Ashoka Pagoda Silver Letter, Level 1


  The shape resembles the real coffin, with a wide and narrow front, which is used to bury the relics. At the beginning of the letter there is a statue of the King of Heaven with two weapons, the cover of the letter is a statue of Buddha Nirvana, on both sides are the ten major disciples crying statues, the bottom is a moulded tangled branch, the lower part is full of mustaches, the surrounding is a hollow moiré, and the back of the letter Engraved with the donor's name and year's payment in seven lines and ninety-four characters. The use of coffin-shaped containers to bury the relics is an important manifestation of the combination of Buddhism and traditional Chinese funeral ideas since the Tang Dynasty.