Relief depicting the Buddha’s descent from the Heaven of the Thirty-three gods

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The Buddha, flanked by the gods Brahma and Indra, descends the triple stairway from the Trayastrimsha heaven, where he had gone to preach to his mother Maya and the gods. The virtuous nun Utpalavarna kneels below.

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Further reading

Jongeward, David, Buddhist Art of Gandhara in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2019), no. 19 on p. 46-47

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