Drawn from the British Library’s extensive collection of Asian manuscripts, this show looks at the evolution of Buddhism from its origins in north India in the sixth century BC to the present. It also explores how religious practices and the artworks they have inspired have varied through the ages. Find out more from the British Library’s website.
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Scene from a Life of Buddha (1808), China. Photo: © British Library
Folding book containing a sermon on the Abhidhamma in Shan language (1917), Mueang Lakorn, Thailand. Photo: © British Library
Buddhist text, written on birchbark (1st century AD), Gandhara. Photo: © British Library
Gold painting of Amitabha Bodhisattva (Amida Buddha) in a scroll containing the Lotus Sutra (1626), Japan. Photo: © British Library Board
Gilded palm-leaf manuscript with mother-of-pearl decorated covers (c. 1860), Thailand. Photo: © British Library Board