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Tibet

Title
Cakravala, the Buddhist World System
Other titles:
Cosmological painting
Map of the Buddhist cosmos
Place of origin
Tibet
Year
17th century
Media category
Painting
Materials used
distemper on cotton
Dimensions

110.5 cm x 85.0 cm

Credit
Purchased 2011
Accession number
319.2011
Location
Not on display
Further information

This painting of the cakravala (world system) represents the Buddhist view of the world as expressed in Buddhist texts. The image shows Mount Meru at the centre of the universe surrounded by mountain ranges, oceans, continents, celestial bodies (e.g. sun and moon), and heavens in great detail. Many of the locations on this cosmological map are actual places. Eastern Tibet and Sichuan province in China are shown in the most thorough and accurate manner, suggesting the region from which this painting originated.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2011

Exhibition history (1)

One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012