The oldest known wooden slab print in the world.

I was waiting for my flight back home after a 2-day work meeting in Seoul, Korea when I decided to visit the Korean Culture Museum at Incheon airport. There were interesting objects to look at but what caught my eye was this scroll encased in an  elongated glass casing intended for the purpose of showing the print inscribed on it.  As it turns out, it is called  Mugu Jeonggwang Dae Darani Gyeong (“The Great Dharani Sutra of Immaculate and Pure Light”). A Buddhist Script.

A little history about this artefact: In 1966, an old, yellow paper scroll sheathed in a silk wrapper was found inside Seokgasa Pagoda at the Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju. Although in tatters, the yellowish paper scroll, which was estimated to have been made around 751 AD, had preserved the paper despite the passage of over a thousand years.

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