Image of folded Book, Burma, CBL Bu 1207

Gallery

Sacred Traditions

Exploring Sacred Traditions from across the East Asian, Islamic and Western regions.

Folded Book
Burma
CBL Bu 1207

Icon of St Nicholas the Wonderworker
18th century
Russia
CBL WX 18

Brass pencase with fitted inkwell
1750-1850
Turkey
CBL Is Ca2

A fascinating insight into the rituals and rites of passage of the major world religions.

Holy women at the sepulchre from a Gospel book
Armenian on parchment
c. 1536, Syunik’ province (Armenia)
CBL Arm 568 f.05

Hanging scroll
early 18th century,
Tibet
CBL Tb 1851

The Sacred Traditions Gallery on the second floor exhibits the sacred texts, illuminated manuscripts and miniature paintings from the great religions and systems of belief represented in the collections – Christianity, Islam and Buddhism with smaller displays on Confucianism, Daoism, Sikhism and Jainism.

The Biblical Papyri, the remarkable collection of Qur’an manuscripts and scrolls and books of Buddhist thought provide the focus for the displays.

Audio-visual programmes on Rites of Passage in many faiths, prayer and pilgrimage enhance the displays.

Sacred Traditions Gallery
Sacred Traditions Gallery
Sacred Traditions Gallery
Sacred Traditions Gallery

Highlights

  • List
  • Grid
  • Slideshow
  • Image of a statue of Guandi, the God of War CBL C 1080

    Guandi, the God of War
    CBL C 1080

    1 / 8

  • Image of the Presentation in the Temple & Baptism of Christ from an Armenian Gospel book

    Presentation in the Temple & Baptism of Christ from a Gospel book
    Written by Martiros Khizants’i
    1596, Constantinople
    CBL Arm 573.3

    2 / 8

  • Image of a nephrite snuff bottle in shape of three-legged frog

    Nephrite snuff bottle in shape of three-legged frog
    1770-1860
    China
    CBL C 0823

    3 / 8

  • Image of papyrus Colossians 3.16–Thessalonians 1.9 from the Pauline Epistles

    Colossians 3.16–Thessalonians 1.9 from the Pauline Epistles
    c. 200 AD, Egypt
    CBL BP II f.94

    4 / 8

  • Image of Volume 4 from Biography of Prince Shōtoku (Shōtoku Taishi den)

    Biography of Prince Shōtoku (Shōtoku Taishi den)
    17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1004.4

    5 / 8

  • Image of Canon Tables from a Harklean Gospels

    Canon Tables from a Harklean Gospels
    Isho’bar Romanos
    1177, Tella d’Arsenias (modern Turkey)
    CBL Syc 703

    6 / 8

  • Image of jade book with portraits and descriptions of the sixteen lohan

    Jade book with portraits and descriptions of the sixteen lohan
    late 18th century
    China
    CBL C 1007.1-2

    7 / 8

  • Image of the Road to Cavalry from an Ethiopian Gospel book

    Road to Cavalry from a Gospel book containing Matthew and Mark
    18th century, Ethiopia
    CBL W 912

    8 / 8

Open today 9:45am - 5:30pm

Monday to Friday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:45am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:30pm


Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb
Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec


Admission is Free
Suggested donation €5

Map

Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92