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  • A Chinese-Tibetan manuscript of the Lankavatara Su...

    Manuscript, Concertina Created date: 800–850

    This concertina manuscript contains a Chinese commentary on the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra, with the text of the sūtra also writt...

  • A large coloured plan of Peking

    Map, Image Created date: c. 1900

    This Chinese plan of Peking shows a city little changed since 1421, when the Ming Emperor Yung-lo planned his imperial c...

  • Booklet of the Avalokitesvara Sutra

    Booklet, Manuscript Created date: c. 10th century

    This booklet is one of the thousands of copies of the Lotus Sūtra that were found in Dunhuang. The scripture, which is o...

  • Chinese Buddhist sutra on indigo-dyed paper

    Scroll, Manuscript Created date: 9th–10th century

    This fragment of the Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra is an early example of the tradition of writing fine manuscripts in metallic...

  • Chinese calligraphy manual

    Manual, Printed book Created date: 1835

    One of the distinctive features of traditional Chinese calligraphy is that the brush is held at a right angle to the pag...

  • Chinese oracle bone

    Bones Created date: Between 1300 BC and 1050 BC

    Oracle bones were used for divination over three thousand years ago in ancient China and they are among the oldest items...

  • Chinese star chart

    Manuscript, Map Created date: c. 700 AD

    The Chinese star chart is the earliest known manuscript atlas of the night sky. It was produced in central China around...

  • Chinese terrestrial globe

    Map Created date: 1623

    This beautiful Chinese globe dates from the early 17th century. Made by Dias and Longobardi, under their Chinese names,...

  • Decorative copy of the Heart Sutra in Chinese

    Scroll, Manuscript Created date: 9th–10th century

    This Perfection of Wisdom sūtra, commonly called the Heart Sūtra, expounds the fundamental emptiness of all things. It i...

  • Dharanis transcribed in Manchu, Chinese, Mongolian...

    Woodblock printed sheet Created date: 1758–1773

    A multi-volume anthology of dhāraṇīs, transliterated in Manchu, Chinese, Mongolian and Tibetan. The Anthology The Qing...

  • Double Pigeon Chinese Typewriter

    Typewriter Created date: 1975

    The Double Pigeon Chinese typewriter became iconic in Maoist China (1949–76). Its design reflects almost a century of ex...

  • Illustrated Life of Jesus in Chinese

    Chinese woodblock printed book Created date: 1637

    This book contains fifty-six woodblock-printed illustrations of the life of Jesus, each of them with an explanation in C...

  • Mr Liu and his wife ascend to the clouds

    Manuscript Created date: 1750

    This lavish album from 1750 is written in gold text on a bright blue background, with pictures illustrating the magical...

  • New English calligraphy

    Book Created date: 1994-96

    Xu Bing is a Chinese artist who plays with script and language to create artworks and installations. At first glance thi...

  • Printed copy of the Diamond Sutra

    Scroll, Woodblock printed scroll Created date: 11 May 868

    This copy of the Diamond Sūtra in Chinese language, complete with a beautifully illustrated frontispiece, is the world's...