For the King Ashoka Pagoda Exhibition, Relicase designed and crafted frameless freestanding display cases, visitors completely soak in the aesthetic feeling. In 2008, Nanjing Museum exhibited the Ashoka Pagoda housing the vertex relics of Sakyamuni. We were entrusted with providing professional services for the protection and exhibition of the important Buddhist relic.
This exhibition is about religion. It is believed to be one of the 84,000 "pagodas of King Asoka (273 BC - 236 BC) that contain Relics of the Sakyamuni's (Sarira), or his remains found in the cremation ash. The Relics of the Sakyamuni's (Sarira) is highly sacred for Buddhists.
Asoka was an Indian emperor who converted to Buddhism after a bloody war with a king in the eastern part of the country. According to Buddhist records, Asoka collected all the parts of Relics of the Buddha's (Sarira), divided them into 84,000 parts, and stored each one of them in a pagoda-shaped shrine. Then he sent the sacred relics to different parts of the world. China is considered to have 19 of them.
In order to protect the King Ashoka Pagoda from damage as a result of environmental changes, an emulated microenvironment close to the exhibit’s underground conservation condition had to be created inside the showcase. We made the final decision to recreate an oxygen-free environment with 95% relative humidity. During the design and setup process of the exhibition, the nitrogen supply device, as well as the piping and wiring of the constant humidity control system, were installed. Two sets of fiber optic lights at the top and base of the case delivered cross lighting on the exhibit, effectively avoiding lateral shadows from being cast by the exhibited item.