• Buddha, Western Tibet, ten-eleventh century
    gilt bronze 15 inches
    by Unknown artist, Buddha, Western Tibet, on long term loan from a private collection

  • Tibet: Nagaraja, 15th century
    gilt bronze
    by Unknown artist, on long-term loan from a private collection

  • Prajnaparamita, Tibet, 15th century
    gilt bronze 13 3/4 inches
    by Unknown artist, on long-term loan from a private collection

  • Sweet ’Enuff, two panels, 69 3/4 x 64 1/2 and 72 x 62 1/2 in., 1987
    acrylic on canvas, collection of the de Young Museum, San Francisco; gift of Judy and Michael Moe.
    by Martin Wong

  • Exposition Universelle des Arts Incoherents, BAMPFA, gift of Lewis and Marjorie Ferbrache., 1889
    lithograph 14 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches
    by Jules Chéret

  • Tabled Presence, courtesy of Alice Brunner, Chicago. Photo: Michael Tropea., 1971
    oil on canvas 48 x 48 inches
    by Miyoko Ito


July 27 – November 27

 2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Buddhist Art from the Roof of the World

Artists from India, Tibet, and Nepal have for centuries created sculptures and paintings as a window into a divine Buddhist reality. Buddhist Art from the Roof of the World explores the spiritual meaning of over thirty exceptional works, highlighting their role within the Buddhist doctrine. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a rare fourteenth-century monumental gilt-bronze Buddha from Tibet seated in the posture of meditation; with the right hand touching the earth, the sculpture manifests the moment of enlightenment. Other sculptures and paintings from the region depict a multitude of sublime deities, some fierce and others calming, but all intended to lead the viewer closer to perfect knowledge of the universe through the teachings of wisdom and compassion.

Open Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 9 pm; Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm


UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan & Central Asian

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley, the nation’s leading public research university. Our mission is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film, engaging audiences from the UC Berkeley campus, the Bay Area, and beyond. Each year BAMPFA presents more than twenty art exhibitions, 450 film programs, and dozens of performances, as well as lectures, symposia, and tours.



(510) 642-0808
United States
2120 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA 94720


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