Buddhism Illuminated : Manuscript Art in Southeast Asia available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Buddhism Illuminated : Manuscript Art in Southeast Asia

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A handsome collection of Southeast Asian manuscript art drawn from the British Library

The British Library has one of the richest collections of Southeast Asian manuscripts, principally from Thailand and Burma, anywhere in the world. It includes finely painted copies of Buddhist scriptures, literary works, historical narratives, and works on traditional medicine, law, cosmology and fortune-telling. This handsome book illustrates over 100 examples of Buddhist art in the Library's collection, relating each manuscript to Theravada tradition and beliefs, and introducing the historical, artistic and religious contexts of their production.

It is the first book in English to showcase the beauty and variety of manuscript art and reproduces many works that have never been photographed before.

  • Authors: San San May is Curator of Burmese collections at the British Library. Jana Igunma is Henry Ginsburg Curator for Thai, Lao and Cambodian collections at the British Library
  • Hardcover: 256 pages | 80 colour illustrations
  • Date published: May 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0712352062
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 23.0 cm

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