Buddhism

The collection at the Chester Beatty charts the development and diversification of Buddhism as it spread from India into the wider reaches of Asia. Spanning the 8th to 19th centuries, these numerous works encompass Tibetan thangkas and ritual implements, Chinese imperial jade books, Japanese hanging scrolls, and Indian, Thai and Burmese illustrated manuscripts: myriad reflections of this major world religion.

Prayer wheel
18th or 19th century
Tibet
CBL Tb 1881

Highlights

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  • Slideshow
  • Bodhisattva Jizō
    15th or 16th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1214

    1 / 6

  • Perfection of wisdom sutra
    1317
    Nepal
    CBL InE 1400

    2 / 6

  • Extracts from the Pali canon and Story of Phra Malai
    late 18th or 19th century
    Thailand
    CBL Thi 1328

    3 / 6

  • Prayer wheel
    18th or 19th century
    Tibet
    CBL Tb 1881

    4 / 6

  • Perfection of Wisdom Sutra
    1732
    China
    CBL C 1006

    5 / 6

  • Mandala of Vajrapani
    18th or 19th century
    Tibet
    CBL Tb 1849

    6 / 6

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Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92