Exploring Sacred Traditions from across the East Asian, Islamic and Western regions.
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Icon of St Nicholas the Wonderworker
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Brass pencase with fitted inkwell
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Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred.
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early 18th century,
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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.