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Title

Cakravala, the Buddhist World System

17th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Other Titles

Cosmological painting

Map of the Buddhist cosmos


Place where the work was made

Tibet


Date

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



Place

Where the work was made
Tibet

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history