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  • FROM AMULET TO ZODIAC AT CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY

    From Amulet to Zodiac the A-Z exhibition now underway at Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library takes the visitor on a journey through a selection of highlights.  The curators’ choice show highlights the breadth and quality of the wonderful collection, a rare opportunity to explore the threads that link cultures across the Western, Islamic and East Asian worlds.

    A is for Amulet and the exhibition displays exquisite examples of these seventeenth- to nineteenth- century protective charms from the Christian, Hebrew, Islamic and Hindu faiths. E is for Embroidery and the objects on view include European sixteenth- to eighteenth-century covers for almanacs and devotional works, as well as eighteenth- and nineteenth-century embroidered badges worn to indicate status in the Chinese imperial court. T is for Travel and among the early printed travel books is a rare 1576 guide to the ‘most famous islands of the world’ with a chapter devoted to Ireland.  B is for Beatty and M is for Mining, and rarely seen material from the Library’s Archives offer a glimpse into Chester Beatty’s family and professional life.  The show continues until February 1, 2015.  Here are some examples.

    N is for Noh © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

    N is for Noh © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

    A is for Amulet (Phylactery) © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

    A is for Amulet (Phylactery) © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

    G is for Garden

    G is for Garden  Copyright Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library.

    J is for Jade.

    J is for Jade.  Copyright Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library.

     

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