Earlier this month, the New York Public Library released 180,000 public domain images, texts, maps, and other materials for view, download, and use. 

The collection has quite a few (beautiful) prints from the 16th century Sutra of the Ten Kings of Hell—which depicts the Buddhist hell realm of souls being judged after death—as well as travel postcards showing Buddhist monks and meditators in Asia in the early 20th century.

Here are a few of our favorite images from the collection:

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The Sutra of the Ten Kings of Hell, 1594
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Priests of Zen Shu, 1870
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The Sutra of the Ten Kings of Hell, 1594

 

Here’s the link to the digital collection if you’d like to take a spin through yourself: http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/ 

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