Bryan Lowe | The Best-Documented Scriptorium in the Medieval World? Japan’s Shōsōin and Its Patrons, Laborers, and Manuscripts

Feb 6, 2024, 5:00 pm6:30 pm
Firestone Library - Special Collections


Event Description

MARBAS in collaboration with the Princeton University Library is excited to announce the Spring 2024 'PUL&MARBAS present' event series, which explores Princeton’s vast holdings of rare books, manuscripts, and archives.

This talk will introduce Japan’s Shōsōin, a treasure house and archive that contains roughly 10,000 documents from a single eighth-century scriptorium. After providing an overview, I will introduce how we can use Shōsōin documents to identify the precise processes through which manuscripts of Buddhist scripture at Princeton were copied. Along the way, we will encounter the female patrons and overworked laborers who helped produce hundreds of thousands of scrolls of scripture in eighth-century Japan.

The sessions begin at 5pm with a short presentation, followed by a Q&A and libations.

Join us in Firestone Library!

Registration is requested.