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The Diamond Sutra. - caption: 'Diamond Sutra of 868 AD'

ID: 010627


Title: The Diamond Sutra.



China, 11th May, 868


Caption: Diamond Sutra of 868 AD


Notes: The image depicts the frontispiece to the world's earliest dated printed book, the Chinese translation of the Buddhist text the 'Diamond Sutra'. This consists of a scroll, over 16 feet long, made up of a long series of printed pages. Printed in China in 868 AD, it was found in the Dunhuang Caves in 1907, in the North Western province of Gansu.

Image taken from The Diamond Sutra.

Originally published/produced in China, 11th May, 868.


Language: Chinese


Source identifier: Or. 8210/P.2, frontispiece and text


British Library Shelfmark: Or. 8210/P.2


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