Among items on show will be: Fifth/sixth-century inscribed gold plates from Myanmar; a 1920s Art Deco gold-tooled binding from France; and the extravagantly decorated Lotus Sutra scroll from Japan, written in gold (and silver) ink on indigo-dyed paper, produced in 1636.
Naturally there will also be impressive medieval manuscripts on display including the Harley Golden Gospels made in Germany around 800 AD and written completely in gold ink. The library’s Golden Haggadah was produced in Catalonia, Spain, around 1320 and features gold-illuminated scenes from Genesis and Exodus, with miniatures set against a solid gold background.
Gold runs from May 20 to October 2, 2022. Some of the manuscripts are available to view online at the library’s Digitised Manuscripts site.