An image of Cakravala, the Buddhist World System

Unknown Artist

Cakravala, the Buddhist World System

Other titles:
Cosmological painting, Map of the Buddhist cosmos
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

Place of origin
Tibet
Year
17th century
Media
Painting
Medium
distemper on cotton
Dimensions
110.5 cm x 85.0 cm
Credit
Purchased 2011
Accession number
319.2011