Hamzeh Carr
The Light of Asia

September 27 2021

The Light of Asia is a famous narrative poem that tells the life and time of Prince Gautama Siddhartha, who after attaining enlightenment, became the Buddha. It is noted as being one of the works which introduced Buddhism to a Western readership, where the religion had been relatively unknown.

The first edition of the book was published in London 1879 by Sir Edwin Arnold. The 16 color plates below are done by Hamzeh Carr and were printed in the edition from 1926 (Limited edition of 3.000).

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Thanks to Shandel Nazario for providing the scans