Texts and Illustrations from China's Ethnic Minorities

The Scribe of Confessions, the 9th juan

Block-printing edition in Hangzhou in Yuan Dynasty. Tangut language. Accordion binding.

The Western Xia Regime (1038-1227) was an ancient regime located in northwestern China with Tangut as its dominant ethnic group. The Tangut script was used all through the Western Xia Regime and even lasted for hundreds of years after that. The item on exhibition is commonly known as the "Precious Confessional of Emperor Wu of Liang" and this version in Tangut script was translated from Chinese.