Fresco Fragment


From: China | Xinjiang | Bezeklik Caves

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number C413B
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 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

Height 29 cm
Width 24 cm
Credit Line Purchased from A. W. Bahr, 1924
Other Number 11 - Other Number | C413 (original) - Other Number

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