NIGHT 118 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

Buddha’s left footprint Buddhapāda (as indicated by big toe on the right) – one of the oldest objects of veneration and worship associated with the Buddha – decorated with 108 auspicious symbols including royal insignia, mythical creatures, rivers, mountains and continents. There is a conch shell in each toe. Talismanic inspiration from 19th century Burma

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NIGHT 115 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

Chinese – Tibetan translation of Lankāvatāra Sutra (Dunhuang, China, 9-10th century), an important text in Chan or Zen Buddhism. Between the vertical Chinese script you’ll see the Tibetan. Some languages can be written both horizontally and vertically which is very flexible. The invention of concertina books represent the midway between the palm leaf format of South Asia and Chinese scrolls @bl @britishlibrary

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NIGHT 114 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

4 languages – a printed dharani Buddhist text in Manchu, Chinese, Mongolian and Tibetan which preserves the original Sanskrit sounds in each (China, 1758-73). In 1735-96 the Chinese Qianlong emperor controlled vast territories with populations speaking different languages, hence the need for this text. Although I study east-west exchange I also love the rich east-east interactions too

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NIGHT 113 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

As part of my 1001 Nights PhD making 1001 artworks I want to learn 1001 Chinese characters (this figure of 1001 is quite significant to me). So, learning them together with my son, playfully, gradually and in a fun picture way… fun for him, serious for me (I need 5000 eventually, he can just enjoy the process!) So far, 7 on our fireplace (all numbers), 994 to go

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