From the underground palace of Changgan Temple of Song Dynasty,
Wood inside, silver and gold.
H.120cm, L. 40cm
The Ashoka’s Pagoda inlaid with the seven-treasures was discovered
in the underground palace of Changgan Temple of Song Dynasty.
The seven-treasures refer to the auspicious goods that are
presented to Buddha, such as gold, silver, agate, colored glaze,
clam and so on. By now, this pagoda is the biggest one found in
China. It was built with wood which covered with splendid gilded
silver and decorated with more than 400 gems. What is more, it
shows the Jataka tales and Buddhist stories by various pictures
around the body of pagoda. In the pagoda, there found the skull and
other divine relics of Buddha, and many dedicate offerings. A
Buddhist master named Kezheng tried to collect money to build this
pagoda which was granted by Zhen zong in 1001 AD of Song Dynasty,
revealing by the inions on the pagoda.