Exhibition

The Mystery of Mani

Rediscover the Manichaean religion through the words of its followers

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In 1929, seven papyrus books from the lost Manichaean religion were discovered in Egypt. Dated to c. 400 AD, these unique texts proved critical in deepening understanding of this once thriving, yet effectively suppressed faith.

Crystal Seal of Mani, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, Syriac
c. 240-276 AD
Mesopotamia
© Bibliothèque nationale de France
Inv.58.1384

On the loss and recovery of Manichaean books, Manichaean Homilies
c. 400 AD
Medinet Madi (Egypt)
CBL Pma 2.25-26

Dr Hugo Ibscher
Illustrierter Beobachter
1934
Berlin

Fragment of an Uygur Manichaean service book illustrated with the Elect in Scribal Duty
Mid 9th to mid 11th century
Kocho, China
© Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/ Jürgen Liepe
MIK III 6368

The Manichaean religion was founded by the prophet Mani in the third century. Mani saw the world as a combat between the forces of light and dark. Borrowing heavily from Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and Christianity, he considered his teachings to be a unification and clarification of all existing religions. Using picture books, multilingual missionaries carried the religion west from Mesopotamia across the Mediterranean, and east into Northern India, and Central and East Asia.

Ninety years on, this exhibition highlights the four books Beatty acquired, and features international loans that have never before been on public display.

Symposiums

Fifth Papyrus Curatorial and Conservation Meeting

20-21 June 2019

Registration open

 

The Chester Beatty is delighted to host the Fifth Papyrus Curatorial and Conservation Meeting. In addition to the exciting series of papers, the programme comprises a behind-the-scenes showcase of highlights from the Chester Beatty papyrus collections as well as a visit and tour of Trinity College Dublin. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This symposium is open to museum professionals and scholars working in the field of conservation and curation of papyrus collections. Places are limited. Fill out the booking form to register your interest in attending.

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Manichaeism in Egypt: The Medinet Madi Library after 90 Years

18-20 October 2019

Call for papers

 

The International Association of Manichaean Studies, in conjunction with the Chester Beatty, is pleased to announce a symposium, Manichaeism in Egypt: The Medinet Madi Library after 90 Years, to be held at the Chester Beatty, Dublin, 18-20 October, 2019. Presentations will be given on the latest developments in the editing, translation, and publication of Medinet Madi codices. Paper proposals are welcome on any topic related to the Medinet Madi Manichaean texts (Dublin or Berlin collections), their language, codicology, or content, including comparison to other corpora or religious traditions.

 

Please submit proposals by April 15, 2019 to jason.beduhn@nau.edu

Highlights

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  • Revelation to the Apostle of Light, Chapter 342, Manichaean Kephalaia v2
    c. 400 AD
    Medinet Madi (Egypt)
    CBL Pma 1.299-300

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  • Fragment of an Uygur Manichaean service book illustrated with Mani as a Visionary Witness
    Mid 9th to mid 11th century
    Kocho (China)
    © Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/ Jürgen Liepe
    MIK III 4964

    2 / 4

  • Mani's Passion, Manichaean Psalms 2
    c. 400 AD
    Medinet Madi (Egypt)
    CBL Pma 4.43-44

    3 / 4

  • Manichaean Synaxeis
    c. 400 AD
    Medinet Madi (Egypt)
    CBL Pma 5

    4 / 4

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