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Image of horse rider from Nemicandrasūri, Pravacanasārodhārasūtra (India, 1652). University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Indic 26. Kislak Center.

Intertwined Worlds

On exhibit
August 23-December 22, 2017

Goldstein Family Gallery
In conjunction with the 10th Annual Schoenberg Symposium of the same theme, Intertwined Worlds explores pre-modern religious traditions of South and Southeast Asia including Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism as well as their influence, exchange, and integration with neighboring geographies and peoples (including their reception within Islamic and Sikh communities). It examines the shared reservoirs of narrative, artistic, and ritual practices in different historical and regional contexts. Because of the complexities of language, culture, and religion within South and Southeast Asian communities, there is strong material, iconographic, and textual cohesion that both crosses and intertwines boundaries.This exhibition highlights local and pan-geographic expressions of religious confluence by exploring technologies and traditions of manuscript culture, artistic production, shared iconographies, and textualities from the pre-modern world.

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10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age
Intertwined Worlds
Thursday, November 2 - Saturday, November 4, 2017
University of Pennsylvania and the Free Library of Philadelphia
Palm Leaf Workshop with James Canary
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 1-5pm
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Please join the Kislak Center and the Department of Religious Studies for a hands-on palm leaf manuscript workshop. Participants will learn about and create their own palm leaf manuscript from start to finish using traditional techniques. The instructor, James Canary, Head of Conservation at the University of Indiana's Lilly Library, is an expert on South and Southeast Asian manuscript production and has traveled extensively in the Himalayan region researching Tibetan book craft as well as traditional Burmese text production. These techniques include the preparation of inks, birch-bark and palm leaf writing surfaces, and decorative wooden covers.

The workshop will begin with a lecture on Buddhist palm leaf manuscripts by Justin McDaniel, Professor of Religious Studies at Penn. A selection of Buddhist palm leaf manuscripts from Penn's South and Southeast Asian manuscript collections will be on view in the Lea Library, and a tour of the exhibition Intertwined Worlds will be led by curator Benjamin Fleming.

Space is limited, registration is required for this workshop.
**Registration for the workshop is full**
If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email Lynn Ransom at lransom@upenn.edu

Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm
For further information (215.898.7088 or rbml@pobox.upenn.edu)
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)