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Mural Painting Section

Object Number:
C493
Current Location:
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Shanxi
Hongtong
Guangshengsi
Period:
Ming Dynasty
Date Made:
C. 1476
Early Date:
1476
Late Date:
1496
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Mud
Seeds
Straw
Leaves
Tempera
Technique:
Painted
Mural
Iconography:
Bodhisattva
Moon
Worshipper
Description:
The central figure in this mural is Tejaprabha, the Buddha of Blazing Light, who protects against natural calamities. He is often paired with Bhaisajyaguru, the Healing Buddha, and is identified by a gold wheel in his hand and the title of the sutra held by one of his accompanying bodhisattvas. Other celestial deities, attendants, monks, and worshippers surround him.

This section contains a bodhisattva, the Moon, and a worshipper. This is one section of a wall painting, the other sections are C492, C493, C494, C495 and C692.
Credit Line:
Purchased from C. T. Loo

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)
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Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 93, Fig. 27
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[Book] Jing, Anning. 2002. The Water God's Temple of the Guangsheng Monastery: Cosmic Function of Art, Ritual, & Theater. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 212-214, Fig. 4-22
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[Article] Baldwin, Michelle. 1994. Monumental Wall Paintings of the Assembly of the Buddha from Shanxi Province: Historiography, Iconography, Three Styles, and a New Chronology. Artibus Asiae. 54 (3/4): 241-267.
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[Article] Jing, Anning. 1991. The Yuan Buddhist Mural of the Paradise of Bhaisajyaguru. Metropolitan Museum Journal. Volume 26: 147-166.
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[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 1987. Zhu Haogu Reconsidered: A New Date for the Rom Painting and the Southern Shanxi Buddhist-Daoist Style. Artibus Asiae. Volume XLVIII ( 1/2)
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[Article] Ka-bo, Tsang. 1979. Royal Ontario Museum, Far Eastern Department. Arts of Asia. 9 (2): Chinese Paintings.
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[Article] Lippe, Aschwin. 1965. Buddha and the Holy Multitude. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. 23 (9): p. 325-335. : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 4
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[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. 17 on right
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[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1929. Two Sections of Chinese Fresco Newly Acquired. The Museum Journal. Volume XX (No. 2): 119-130. : Page/Fig./Plate: 119-130
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[Article] 1929. Recent Museum Acquisitions - Eastern Art. Parnassus. Volume I (December) (No. 8): pg. 30. : Page/Fig./Plate: 30
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[Article] Miller, J. L. 1928. "Ancient Chinese Wall Paintings: Recently Brought to This Country by the University of Pennsylvania Museum". The Mentor. 16 (3 (April)): 41-44.
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[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1928. Another Fresco from Moon Hill Monastery. The Museum Journal. Volume XIX (2) : Page/Fig./Plate: 109-129
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[Article] Yetts, W. P. 1927. Some Buddhist Frescoes from China. The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs. Volume 51 ( No. 294) : Page/Fig./Plate: 121-128, Plates I, II
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[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1926. Chinese Frescoes of the T'ang Dynasty in the Museum, 618-906 A.D. The Museum Journal. Volume XVII (No. 3) : Page/Fig./Plate: 229-244
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