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Could the Peking University Laozi 老子 really be a forgery? Some skeptical remarks

Staack, Thies

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In an article that was recently published in Guangming ribao 光明日報, Professor Xing Wen 邢文 of Dartmouth College argues that the Laozi 老子 from the Peking University collection of Han bamboo slips is without doubt a forgery. To prove this, Xing forwards several arguments relating to the two main areas “outer appearance/material design” (xingzhi 形制) and “calligraphy” (shufa 書法). Although the article indeed uncovers certain problems of the Peking University Laozi edition, the forwarded arguments are insufficient to support the claim for a forgery, as will be shown in the following.

Document type: Article
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 10:27
Date: 10 January 2017
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Institut für Sinologie
DDC-classification: 090 Manuscripts and rare books
490 Other languages
890 Literatures of other languages
930 History of ancient world
950 General history of Asia Far East
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