Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
A religious revival movement between c. tenth and eleventh centuries CE, credited with establishing Buddhism as a majority religion in Tibet. It was preceded by the first diffusion in the seventh and eighth centuries, which marked the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet under king Songtsen Gampo. This second diffusion is known for artistic depictions of key figures in murals and art from the Alchi, Mangyu and Sumda monasteries.