Materials discovered during the preservation and cataloging of manuscripts at the Ramamala Library Project in Comilla, Bangladesh, lead by Benjamin Fleming and supported by the British Library Endangered Archive Programme and the University of Pennsylvania—including an example of a Citrabandhakavya, pictorial poetic composition, with unfortunate rodent damage. [photos by Benjamin Fleming, from http://twitter.com/Indic_MSS/]
Save the date = 4/4/2014, the annual Boardman Lecture and Symposium of the Dept of Religious Studies at U.Penn. will be on Religion & Material Culture and will feature talks by David Morgan, Christoph Emmrich, Anna. Kim, and Kaja McGowan. More information to be posted soon.
Presiding over our newest exhibition is an incredibly rare 40-foot-tall Buddhist banner that has never before left Korea. It is an unprecedented installation in the Great Stair Hall, and viewing it is for most a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Don’t miss its rarity, splendor, and power.
Opening tomorrow,“Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910”
“Shakyamuni Assembly,” 1653, Korea (Hwaeomsa, Gurye) National Treasure No. 301
The seal shows mythological scenes, a god is sitting on a throne on the left of the image before five other gods that approach him, one of these gods has two faces. On the right of the image a deitie is slaying a fallen enemie, while two other enemies are burning on a pyre.
Anatolian, Hittite Period, 1650 - 1200 BC.
Location is unknown but it is said to have been found on Cyprus.
Source: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Photographs of Angkor, Cambodia from the Notre Dame Architecture Library, University of Notre Dame, via their Flickr page. The Angkor region of Cambodia served as the seat of the Khmer Empire, and is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia.
The Tripitaka Koreana
Avast collection of Buddhist scriptures carved onto wooden slabs in the 13th Century. (All photo: Will Pryce/Thames & Hudson)
'Print is dead’ has been the mantra of publishing and new media executives for so long now that a book should be written about it. It would sit on the shelves of the world’s libraries for centuries to come as a lesson that some things – like books, along with pens, pencils and paper – will be with us for a very long time. These are things that serve a purpose, but delight us too. Writing and drawing by hand and, yes, holding and reading a printed book are enduring, tactile and even sensual pleasures.