This ingeniously-crafted small pagoda is covered with exquisite decorative patterns done by the technique of silver inlaying on black copper.
The modern pagoda is an evolution of the ancient Indian “stupa”, meaning tombs in Sanskrit. Having been seen as the symbol of the Buddhism, pagodas were originally built for the purpose of preserving sacred relics, writings and remains of the founder of Buddhism — Shakyamuni. According to Buddhist scripture, when Shakyamuni’s body was cremated after his death, his disciples discovered unbreakable crystalized beads in the ashes. They were called sarira, or Buddhist relics, as were his hair, teeth and bones. The sarira were later collected by the eight kings of ancient India, who ordered the construction of pagodas across the country to keep these sacred relics safe and venerated.
There are almost 10,000 pagodas across China. As the highest-level representative of ancient Chinese constructions, these pagodas are far more amazing than what the literary masters of all generations have described in ink in terms of apposite choice of material, ingenious structures, incomparable building techniques and numerous varieties, etc.