Buddha's Descent from Tavatimsa Heaven
|painting; religious or cult object; hanging scroll
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|tempera on fabric (cotton cloth) backing
width: 73.5 cm
The long scroll painting has a tri-partite composition. Buddha holding his hands in a gesture of meditation is seated on a high throne in front of a white stupa which stands among other buildings in a monastery in the sky. Starting from the center a long triple flight of steps leads downwards with Buddha returning to the earth after his teachings in the sky. The lowest part depits hell with emaciated figures with swollen abdomen, begging for the intercession of those living on the earth. A Thai inscription can be read at the bottm of the scroll painting.