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The Story of a SteleChina's Nestorian Monument and Its Reception in the West, 1625-1916$
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Michael Keevak

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098954

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098954.001.0001

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Epilogue: The Da Qin Temple

Epilogue: The Da Qin Temple

(p.128) (p.129) Epilogue: The Da Qin Temple
The Story of a Stele

Michael Keevak

Hong Kong University Press

Once the stone had been placed into the Beilin in Xi'an, it must have been clear to Westerners that it was not going to be “rescued” to a museum of their own. In the popular imagination, the stone had its brief moment of fame and then returned to earth just as quickly, and Frits Holm's replica, once front-page news and a major attraction at the Metropolitan Museum, was soon to disappear into the Vatican's little-visited Missionary Ethnological collections. The story of the stone (in the West) had largely come to an end by 1916, when Holm's replica was removed from its place of honor in New York. Martin Palmer's assumptions about the position of Christianity were markedly different from previous ones. The Da Qin pagoda in the village of Ta Yuin, in the Zhouzhi district near Xi'an, about two hours from the city center by car, is described. Palmer's book is given over to understanding the early form of Chinese Christianity, and also to why it fell into a state of almost total oblivion for the next 1,200 years.

Keywords:   Da Qin, Beilin, Christianity, Martin Palmer, Xi'an, stone

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