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  • A working-class male marionette

    Object Created date: c.1870 - 1890

    Marionettes were regular fairground entertainment, and the infamous story of the murder of Maria Marten became a touring...

  • Album of Baha’i calligraphy

    Manuscript Created date: early 19th – early 20th century

    An album of Baha’i calligraphy including childhood calligraphic exercises by Baha’u’llah and tablets by Baha’u’llah copi...

  • Baha’i ‘Revelation’ Writing

    Manuscript Created date: late 19th century

    A collection of ‘revelation writing’, made under the direction of Baha’u’llah. What is ‘revelation writing’? As Baha’u’...

  • Banarasa-vilasa, Jain religious poetry

    Manuscript Created date: 19th century

    An anthology of Jain Digambara religious poetry. What is the manuscript? The Banārasī-vilāsa is a collection of philoso...

  • Christmas card with picture of tea leaves

    Card, Illustration, Image Created date: c. 19th century

    Sir Henry Cole devised the first Christmas card in 1843, but it wasn’t until the 1880s that festive cards were mass prod...

  • Collection of rules for Buddhist monks

    Manuscript Created date: 19th century

    This palm leaf manuscript contains Bhikkhu Patimokkha and Bhikkhuni Patimokkha (rules to be obeyed in communities of mon...

  • Coloured illustrations of Buddhist heavens and hel...

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript, Image Created date: 19th century

    A folding book manuscript in 59 folds made in Upper Burma. It has tooled leather covers with paper labels dated Manadala...

  • Commercial correspondence from Mosul

    Letter Created date: 1881

    Jeremiah Shamer, a book merchant, wrote this letter about the sale of religious books in both Arabic (top) and Modern As...

  • Dance arrangement for Gilbert and Sullivan's opera...

    Illustration, Image

    In 1881, the comic-operetta duo – librettist W S Gilbert (William Schwenk Gilbert, 1836–1911) and the composer Arthur Su...

  • Depiction of a procession during the Buddhist Thad...

    Manuscript, Paper folding book Created date: 19th century

    A 19th-century Burmese folding book manuscript. What does it show? This manuscript contains images of eight festivals in...

  • Extracts from the Tipitaka

    Paper folding book, Manuscript Created date: 19th century

    An 19th-century funeral or commemoration book. About the manuscript This Thai folding book (samut khoi) made from mul...

  • Front cover to Dr. Wortle’s School by Trollope

    Yellow back, Illustration, Image

    Many of Anthony Trollope’s novels were published as ‘yellowbacks’, which were cheap reprints of popular novels, with bri...

  • Jagannath Puri temple

    Cloth, Painting Created date: 19th century

    A superb example of the Odisha tradition of painting on cloth (patha chitra). What is depicted in it? This painting fea...

  • Jewish marriage-ring

    Object Created date: 16th–19th century

    This elaborate Jewish marriage-ring has a delicate pattern of twisted gold threads and bright enamel flowers. The ring f...

  • Kitab-i Iqan (‘Book of Certitude’), a major Baha’i...

    Manuscript Created date: late 19th century

    The Kitāb-i Īqān (‘Book of Certitude’), a major work by Baha’u’llah. Who was Baha’u’llah? Mirza Husayn ‘Ali Nuri (1817–1...