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Title

Cakravala, the Buddhist World System

17th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • 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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    319.2011
    Copyright

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Tibet

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions