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{{Infobox Artifact
 
{{Infobox Artifact
 
|artifact name=Nurhachi's Ashes
 
|artifact name=Nurhachi's Ashes
|image=[[Image:NurhachisAshes.jpg|250px]]|
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|image=[[File:Funerary Urn with Nurachi's Remains.jpg|250px]]
 
|origin date=
 
|origin date=
 
|culture =[[Manchu]]
 
|culture =[[Manchu]]
 
|discovery date=[[1935]]
 
|discovery date=[[1935]]
|location=
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|location=[[Istanbul]], [[Turkey]]
 
|discoverer=[[Indiana Jones]]
 
|discoverer=[[Indiana Jones]]
|collector=[[Lao Che]]}}
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|collector=[[Lao Che]]
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}}
 
{{Quote|At last I have the ashes of my sacred ancestor!|Lao Che|Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom}}
 
{{Quote|At last I have the ashes of my sacred ancestor!|Lao Che|Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom}}
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'''Nurhachi's ashes''' were the remains of [[Nurhachi]], the first [[emperor]] of the Manchu dynasty in [[China]]. The ashes were prized by gangster [[Lao Che]] who claimed Nurhachi as an ancestor and in [[1935]] he hired [[Indiana Jones]] to find and retrieve them in exchange for the [[Peacock's Eye]].
   
'''Nurhachi's ashes''' were the remains of [[Nurhachi]], the first emperor of the Manchu dynasty in [[China]]. They were collected in a jade funeral urn and later smuggled out of the country and sold on the black market<ref name="Temple of Doom junior">[[Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (junior novelization)|''Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'' junior novel]]</ref>.
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==History==
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After [[Emperor]] [[Nurhachi]] died in [[1626]], his ashes were collected in a jade funeral urn.
   
In [[1935]], [[Indiana Jones]] was hired by [[Lao Che]], a Chinese crime lord, to retrieve the ashes. Jones discovered the ashes sitting in a [[Turkey|Turkish]] pawn shop in [[Istanbul]], and brought them to [[Shanghai]]<ref name="Temple of Doom junior">[[Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (junior novelization)|''Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'' junior novel]]</ref>. Lao Che's son, [[Kao Kan]], attempted to steal the ashes and kill Jones before the official delivery meeting, but Jones stopped him, cutting off his finger.
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{{Ambigstart}}
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In [[1903]], the ashes were stolen from their resting place in [[Peking]]. The remains were ferried downriver from [[Shanghai]] aboard the ''[[Rising Moon]]'' by a gang of bandits led by [[Shen Ch'un]] on behalf of a secret society looking to overthrow the Manchus in favor of a representative government.
   
Jones brought the artifact to [[Club Obi Wan]] to trade to Lao Che for some gems, including the [[Peacock's Eye]]. While Lao was examining the remains, [[Willie Scott]] accidentally caused Lao Che to spill some of the ashes. In the conflict between Jones and Lao Che's men, the table was overturned, and Nurhachi's ashes were further spilled over the club.
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However, the ship was sent off course by a storm and attacked by a [[Sea Serpent|sea serpent]] which wrecked the ''Rising Moon'' on a [[Storm Isle|tiny atoll]] beyond a chain of islands northeast of [[Ningpo]] while Nurhaci's urn sat in the hold.<ref>''[[Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Sourcebook]]'' While ''The Search for Nurhachi'' RPG campaign is specifically designed to be a "what if" scenario where characters other than Indiana Jones are hired for the recovery of Nurhachi by Lao Che, the non-contradictory information isn't necessarily non-[[canon]].</ref>
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{{Ambigend}}
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The ashes were later smuggled out of the country and sold on the black market.<ref name="Temple of Doom junior">[[Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (junior novelization)|''Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'' junior novel]]</ref>
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[[File:NurhachisAshes.jpg|thumb|180px|Nurhachi's urn changes hands.]]
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In [[1935]], [[Indiana Jones]] was hired by [[Lao Che]], a Chinese crime lord, to retrieve the ashes. Jones discovered the ashes sitting in a [[Turkey|Turkish]] pawn shop in [[Istanbul]], and brought them to [[Shanghai]].<ref name="Temple of Doom junior">[[Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (junior novelization)|''Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'' junior novel]]</ref> Lao Che's son, [[Kao Kan]], attempted to kill Jones and take the ashes before the scheduled meeting, but Jones stopped him and Kao Kan left with one less finger.
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Nevertheless, Jones took the artifact to [[Club Obi Wan]] to trade with Lao Che in exchange for the [[Peacock's Eye]] diamond. Lao Che took the urn into his possession but double-crossed Jones by keeping the diamond and poisoning the [[archaeologist]], who ultimately had to fight his way out of the club with the [[antidote]].
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
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During the development of the script for ''[[Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom]]'', written by [[Willard Huyck]] and [[Gloria Katz]], Nurhachi's eyes were going to be strew on the face of [[Lao Che]], then known as "Lao She". This idea was ultimately not used in the finished film.<ref>''[[The Complete Making of Indiana Jones]]''</ref>
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The urn prop currently resides in the Hollywood Museum (housed in the Max Factor building) in Los Angeles, California.
 
The urn prop currently resides in the Hollywood Museum (housed in the Max Factor building) in Los Angeles, California.
   
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==Sources==
 
==Sources==
 
*''[[Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Sourcebook]]''
 
*''[[Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Sourcebook]]''
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*{{IJ|url=marshall/historical/nurhachi/|text=Nurhachi's Marshall College entry}}
 
*''[[The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones]]''
 
*''[[The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones]]''
   

Latest revision as of 18:31, January 20, 2020

"At last I have the ashes of my sacred ancestor!"
Lao Che[src]

Nurhachi's ashes were the remains of Nurhachi, the first emperor of the Manchu dynasty in China. The ashes were prized by gangster Lao Che who claimed Nurhachi as an ancestor and in 1935 he hired Indiana Jones to find and retrieve them in exchange for the Peacock's Eye.

HistoryEdit

After Emperor Nurhachi died in 1626, his ashes were collected in a jade funeral urn.

In 1903, the ashes were stolen from their resting place in Peking. The remains were ferried downriver from Shanghai aboard the Rising Moon by a gang of bandits led by Shen Ch'un on behalf of a secret society looking to overthrow the Manchus in favor of a representative government.

However, the ship was sent off course by a storm and attacked by a sea serpent which wrecked the Rising Moon on a tiny atoll beyond a chain of islands northeast of Ningpo while Nurhaci's urn sat in the hold.[1]

The ashes were later smuggled out of the country and sold on the black market.[2]

NurhachisAshes

Nurhachi's urn changes hands.

In 1935, Indiana Jones was hired by Lao Che, a Chinese crime lord, to retrieve the ashes. Jones discovered the ashes sitting in a Turkish pawn shop in Istanbul, and brought them to Shanghai.[2] Lao Che's son, Kao Kan, attempted to kill Jones and take the ashes before the scheduled meeting, but Jones stopped him and Kao Kan left with one less finger.

Nevertheless, Jones took the artifact to Club Obi Wan to trade with Lao Che in exchange for the Peacock's Eye diamond. Lao Che took the urn into his possession but double-crossed Jones by keeping the diamond and poisoning the archaeologist, who ultimately had to fight his way out of the club with the antidote.

Behind the scenesEdit

During the development of the script for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, written by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, Nurhachi's eyes were going to be strew on the face of Lao Che, then known as "Lao She". This idea was ultimately not used in the finished film.[3]

The urn prop currently resides in the Hollywood Museum (housed in the Max Factor building) in Los Angeles, California.

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Sourcebook While The Search for Nurhachi RPG campaign is specifically designed to be a "what if" scenario where characters other than Indiana Jones are hired for the recovery of Nurhachi by Lao Che, the non-contradictory information isn't necessarily non-canon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom junior novel
  3. The Complete Making of Indiana Jones
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