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Cosmological Diagram

Cosmological Diagram

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1830

Shelfmark: IOL.BUR MS 203

Item number: Plate 1

Length: 69.5

Width: 70.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

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This is one of a set of delicate drawings depicting the world, the heavens and the hells of Buddhist cosomolgy. Here, various levels of incarnation are illustrated. The drawings were bound into an album presented to the India Office Library in 1849 by Lord Wynford, who probabaly acquired them from Henry Burnley. The close similarity of the small annotations in European handwriting on these drawings and those on another of Burney's manuscripts suggests the drawings may have been commissioned by Burney in 1830 when he was living in Burma.

Find out more about this manuscript and other sacred texts in Expressions of Faith.

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