Exploring Sacred Traditions from across the East Asian, Islamic and Western regions.
CBL Bu 1207
Icon of St Nicholas the Wonderworker
CBL WX 18
Brass pencase with fitted inkwell
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
early 18th century,
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.