Fresco Fragment


From: China | Xinjiang | Bezeklik Caves

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number C412
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese | Buddhist
Provenience China | Xinjiang | Bezeklik Caves
Period Tang Dynasty
Date Made ca. 750 CE
Section Asian
Materials Ceramic | Clay | Gesso
Technique Fresco
Iconography Bodhisattva
Inscription Language German Language

Fresco fragment from Cave 9 of the Bezeklik caves. 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

Height 28 cm
Width 25.5 cm
Credit Line Purchased from A. W. Bahr, 1924
Other Number 10 - Other Number

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