Monday, August 3, 2015

The Diamond Sutra

A Buddhist holy text, the Diamond SÅ«tra is considered to be the oldest surviving dated printed book in the world.

Found in a walled up cave in China along with other printed materials, the book is made up of Chinese characters printed on a scroll of grey printed paper, wrapped along a wooden pole.

The book was copied by a man called Wong Jei, in May 868 AD, on the instruction of his parents, which is noted at the end of the text.

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Estimated age: 1,145 years old.