BUDDHA: THE BRITISH MUSEUM


BUDDHA: THE BRITISH MUSEUM

DELIA PEMBERTON    Book Number: 84336    Product format: Hardback

Buddhism views the world we perceive as an illusion. In accordance with the law of cause and effect, or karma (literally 'action') the soul is propelled into an endless series of reincarnations. The workings of this cyclical existence, samsara, are illustrated by the Wheel of Life. This huge wheel, held by a terrifying monster, is divided into three concentric circles. At its hub are a cock, a snake and a pig, representing greed, anger and ignorance which keep the system in motion. In the top are three higher realms, those of humans, gods and titans. The possibility of escape is indicated by the Buddha who, already free from the cycle, stands outside the world. Images of the Buddha are numerous and varied, reflecting ways in which different cultures have chosen to represent this sublime figure and the stories associated with him. This vibrant visual world is illustrated with stunning images from the British Museum's extensive collection plus atmospheric photographs taken at Buddhist sites around the world of tranquillity and spirituality. Includes close up detail and enjoy a lacquer shrine from Japan, a gilt-bronze figure inlaid with silver and copper, a shrine or stupa in Kathmandu, Indian temples, silk paintings, bejewelled reliquaries. 96pp, 47 colour illus, 15 x 18.4cm.
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