Eastern flavour at Chester Beatty Library

Following two years of extensive restoration, priceless 17th-century Japanese picture scrolls go on display at Chester Beatty Library, in Dublin.

5th May, 2012
Laura Muldowney of the Chester Beatty Library with the Japanese scrolls. Photo: Feargal Ward

Following two years of extensive restoration, priceless 17th-century Japanese picture scrolls go on display at Chester Beatty Library, in Dublin. The exhibition runs from May 11 to August 5, and admission is free.

The tale of The Bamboo Cutter dates from the tenth century, and is the oldest Japanese work of prose fiction. The scrolls are believed to be the earliest surviving illustrated version of the tale.

The pair of scrolls, now returned to their former glory...

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