C. 750 CE
Fresco fragment. Head of bodhisattva, turned towards viewer's left. Possibly repainted. Previous retouching and attempts at conservation have distorted the quality of line and color and make attribution of site or date difficult. The inscription on the back of the piece reads:
M[ing]. Ö[i]. Q[yzyl]
gr[oße].Anlage II Schlucht
II Höhle in D[er].
Large structure, 2nd gorge,
2nd cave, found in the corner.
Purchased from A. W. Bahr, 1924
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
Silk Road Highlights Supplement (10 Feb 2011)
[Article] Morita, Miki. 2015. The Kizil Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum. Metropolitan Museum Journal. 50: 115-135.
: Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 14
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