Shakyamuni Descending from the Heaven of the 33 Gods

Historical period(s)
late 18th-mid 19th century
Mineral pigments and gold foil on sized cotton; with older (Ming?) brocade for the frame; original silk curtain and ribbons; wooden dowel with chased silver caps
H x W (overall): 149.9 x 86.4 cm (59 x 34 in) H x W (painting): 66 x 44.5 cm (26 x 17 1/2 in)
Central Tibet, Probably Lhasa
Credit Line
The Alice S. Kandell Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 26a: The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room


Alice S. Kandell Collection, Gautama Buddha, thangka, Tibet
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Donald S. Lopez Jr, Rebecca Bloom. Hyecho's Journey: The World of Buddhism. Chicago, December 2017. Cover, p. 173, fig. 19.
  • Marylin M. Rhie, Robert A.F. Thurman. A Shrine for Tibet: The Alice S. Kandell Collection. New York and London. I-5a, b, 60, 61.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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