Picturing the Life of Buddha

The legends surrounding the life of Siddhattha Gotama have inspired an immense artistic output in Buddhist countries. This presentation is limited to presenting the first twenty illustrations from on of the manuscripts of the Chester Beatty collection (Thi1314). They depict legendary stages of the life of the Buddha. After having determined what these miniatures depict, two of them are selected for comparison with similar illustrations from contemporary manuscripts. Finally some matters of style, iconography and characteristics of the Thai visual arts in the early eighteenth centuries A.D will be addressed.

Free, no booking required. 

Professor Barend Jan Terwiel

Bio: Barend Jan Terwiel retired from the Chair of Thai and Lao Languages and Literature, Hamburg University, Germany. He has written extensively on Thai history, Theravada Buddhism, and the Tai of Assam. His best-known book is Monks and Magic (fourth revised edition,2012, NIAS Press, Copenhagen). His most recent article was “The City of Nibbāna in Thai Picture Books of the Three Worlds”, Contemporary Buddhism, 2019.

The exhibition is supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation

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Sunday 1pm–5pm

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Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92