University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C413B
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Bezeklik Caves
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: C. 750 CE
Early Date: 725
Late Date: 775
Height: 29cm
Width: 24cm
Credit Line:Purchased from A. W. Bahr, 1924
Other Number11 - Other NumberC413 (original) - Other Number


Fresco fragment. Head of bodhisattva, turned toward viewer's left. On brown clay with coating of jesso. Outlines in black. Flesh tinted with light red. Loops of hair over ears and down shoulders in flat mat black, but upper hair over temples and on top of head a mat maroon red. Halo body shows traces of leaf green with outer borders of light red and maroon. Touch of green on figure's left shoulder. Lips maroon. The inscription on the the back reads:

III Reise M[ing]. Ö[i]. M[urtuq].
Höhle I
im Schutt gefunden.
[in pencil] No. 11.


3rd expedition, Ming-Öi, Murtuq,
Cave I
Found in the rubble.
No. 11

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.View 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: Figure 8View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] von Le Coq, Albert & Waldschmidt, Ernst. 1928. Neue bildwerke II. Die buddhistische spätantike in Mittelasien. 6 : Page/Fig./Plate: Volume I, Plate 23; Volume II, plate 24.View Objects cited in this Publication

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