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

On display

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.

Details

  • Title

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

  • Associated people

    the Buddha (active c. 560 BC - c. 486 BC) (subject)
  • Associated place

    Gandhara (place of creation)
  • Date

    2nd - 3rd century AD (AD 101 - 300)
    Kushan Period (AD 50 - 600)
  • Material and technique

    grey-brown schist, with traces of surface gilding

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    15.8 x 27.7 x 5.7 cm max. (height x width x depth)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Purchased, 2000.

  • Museum location

    Ground floor | Gallery 12 | India to AD 600
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA2000.35

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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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