The Buddhist Collection

The objects in the Buddhist collection come from different countries and streams of Buddhism. This indicates that Denys Eyre Bower’s collecting probably stemmed from a love of beautiful objects and not necessarily from a wish to collect devotional imagery from a specific type of Buddhism. Objects come from Tibet, India, Nepal, Myanmar, China and Japan. Denys Bower had very personal reasons for collecting Buddhists objects as he was himself a Buddhist. Some of his work colleagues recalled that he claimed to believe himself the reincarnation of Bonnie Prince Charlie!

Some highlights include:

  • Images of Buddha and bodhisattvas in different mudras (spiritual gestures)
  • Embroidered tangkas: devotional banners that would be hung in a monastery or at a family altar
  • A fine example of a Nepalese shrine in gilded bronze inlaid with stone and glass
  • A Chinese cloisonné altar set formed of a libation cup, ewer and bowl

Information for researchers: Chiddingstone Castle is committed to providing access to its collections. Further information can be provided on request to curator@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

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Chiddingstone Castle is an historic house, set in 35 acres of Kentish countryside, filled with treasures collected over a life time by Denys Eyre Bower.

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Wednesday: 11am - 5pm

Thursday: Closed

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Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 11am - 5pm

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