Height: 220.000 mm
Width: 170.000 mm
Asia OA 1983.10-8.01
Frontispiece to an illuminated manuscript of the Amitabha Sutra
Koryo dynasty, AD 1341
Sermons of the Buddha
Buddhism was the official royal religion of the
Koryo dynasty, and the aristocracy subsequently promoted the
copying of Buddhist
Korean sutra writers were in great demand in contemporary China. The sutras were also highly sought after in Japan.
This is the only example of a Koryo-period sutra in a European museum, and one of the few outside Korea and Japan.
J. Portal, Korea - art and archaeology (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)
W. Zwalf (ed.), Buddhism: art and faith (London, The British Museum Press, 1985)