University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C411
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Xinjiang
Kizil
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: c. 750 Ad
Early Date: 725
Late Date: 775
Section:Asian
Materials:Ceramic
Clay
Gesso
Technique:Fresco
Iconography:Human Faces
Height: 46cm
Length: 85cm
Credit Line:Purchased from A. W. Bahr, 1924
Other Number15 - Other Number

Description

Portion of mural painting of three figures. This painting in a mixed Indian and Persian style probably comes from a southern route site. The damaged condition permits us to see the foundation on which it was painted, a wall of mud with a course bind of fibers covered with a thin layer of finer plaster. The tempera pigments are derived from minerals and plants. The inscription on the back reads:

[pencil] Kiste 73.
IV. Reise M[ing]. Ö[i]. Q[yzyl]. gr[oße].Anl[age].
blaue Höhle fordere Stuppa=
wand rechte Ecke oben
[pencil] No. 15.

Translation:

Crate 73
4th expedition, Ming-Öi, Kizil, large structure,
blue cave, front Stupa wall,
right corner top.
No. 15


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Morita, Miki. 2015. The Kizil Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum. Metropolitan Museum Journal. 50: 115-135. : Page/Fig./Plate: Note 10View 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: Plate 2View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Grunwedel, Albert. 1920. Alt-Kutscha. 1. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. II,7; Fig. 8View Objects cited in this Publication

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