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  • A Buddhist scroll with illustrated cover

    Manuscript, Scroll Created date: 943 CE

    This very long scroll was copied in the mid-10th century for a Buddhist patron, who requested long life for himself and...

  • 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 Curious Herbal - dandelion

    Book

    Elizabeth Blackwell’s beautiful illustrations of medicinal plants would be notable enough in their own right, but the un...

  • A volume of the Shelkar Kanjur

    Manuscript Created date: 1712

    An 18th-century Kanjur. What is the Kanjur? The Kanjur (bka' 'gyur) is a corpus of collected teachings of the Buddha, t...

  • An Abhidhamma commentary

    Manuscript, Paper folding book Created date: 1916

    Paper folding book with lavishly decorated covers containing the Saṅkhāra bhājanī, a commentary on the Abhidhamma, also ...

  • Atthakatha

    Manuscript Created date: 1756

    Sinhalese manuscript containing bi-lingual Aṭṭhakathā (commentaries), which also includes a translation in Sinhalese lan...

  • Audubon's Birds of America

    Book Created date: 1827-38

    John James Audubon (1785 – 1851) was an ornithologist of the early 19th-century responsible for creating the largest and...

  • 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 album of the Life of the Buddha

    Chinese woodblock printed book Created date: 1808

    A woodblock-printed work depicting and describing scenes from the life of the Buddha, including beautiful hand-coloured...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ethiopic Version of a Christianised story of the B...

    Manuscript Created date: 1755

    Bärälam Wäyəwasəf (በረላም፡ ወይዋስፍ) is a Christianised, Ethiopic version of the Barlaam and Josaphat narrative, comprising t...

  • Gandharan Scrolls

    Scroll Created date: 1st century CE

    Birch bark scrolls, dating back to the 1st century CE, making them among the oldest surviving Buddhist manuscripts in th...