Lecture: The Diamond Sutra: A Story of Printing, Piety, and Preservation on the Silk Road

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Diamond Sutra, 868 CE, ink on paper. London, British Library, Or.8210/P.2. © The British Library Board Diamond Sutra, 868 CE, ink on paper. London, British Library, Or.8210/P.2. © The British Library Board

June 5, 2016
4:00 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
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Susan Whitfield, the director of the International Dunhuang Project, will take us on a journey of exploration of the many facets of the Diamond Sutra (a sacred Mahayana Buddhist text), which dates from 868 and is the world’s oldest dated complete printed book. Found in Cave 17, also known as the Library Cave, it was one of a cache of some 40,000 objects that were sealed up for a millennium before their rediscovery in the 1900s.

About the Presenter
Susan Whitfield is curator of Central Asian Manuscripts at the British Library and director of the International Dunhuang Project, an initiative to conserve, catalogue, digitize, and research archaeological material from the eastern Silk Road. Her main research…

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