University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C412
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Bezeklik Caves
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: c. 750 Ad
Early Date: 725
Late Date: 775
Height: 28cm
Width: 25.5cm
Credit Line:Purchased from A. W. Bahr, 1924
Other Number10 - Other Number


Head of a bodhisattva, turned towards viewer's right. On brown clay with coating of jesso. Outlines in black. Flesh tinted with light red. Loops of mat maroon hair over ears and down shoulders with upper hair over temples and on top of head. Hair, lips and borders of halo in dark mat red. One border is worked out lighter red, as is the figure's left shoulder. Traces of green in halo and on collar. The inscription on the back reads:

III Reise M[ing]. Ö[i]. M[urtuq].
Höhle I
im Schutt gefunden.
[in pencil] No. 10.


3rd expedition, Ming-Öi, Murtuq,
Cave I
Found in the rubble.
No. 10

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition
Silk Road Highlights Supplement (10 Feb 2011)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Morita, Miki. 2015. The Kizil Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum. Metropolitan Museum Journal. 50: 115-135. : Page/Fig./Plate: Note 9View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 21View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 14 Fig. 7View Objects cited in this Publication

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