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Buddha Descends from Tavitimsa
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

One of the finest stone sculptures in Bagan.

History of the Object
This sculpture shows the descent of the Buddha from the Heaven (Tavatimsa). It is executed on a sand stone slab, dating from the 12th Century. After delivering “Abhidhamma” Sutta to the deity, the former mother of Lord Buddha, in Tavatimsa, the Buddha descended from the Heaven. Brahma and Sakka are on the left and right side of the Buddha and Shin Thariputra is paying homage to the Buddha at “Thinkathanago”.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Sandstone 
Measurements
Width 58.8 cm. Height 107 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Bagan Ancient City, Nyaung-U Dristrict, Mandalay Region, Central Lowland 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 12th century 
Creation date
12th Century; Mid Bagan Period 
Function
Architectural Decoration 
Acquisition
The sculpture was found at the Myinkaba Gubyauk Nge temple in 1901 and afterwards transferred to the museum. 
Copyright
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
Museum
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
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