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Fresco Fragment

Object Number:C413B
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Bezeklik Caves
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: ca. 750 ca.
Early Date: 725
Late Date: 775
Inscription Language:German Language
Height: 29 cm
Width: 24 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from A. W. Bahr, 1924
Other Number:11 - Other Number
C413 (original) - Other Number


Fresco fragment. 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

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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[Article] Morita, Miki. 2015. "The Kizil Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum". Metropolitan Museum Journal. Vol. 50. pg. 115-135 Type CitationView Objects related to this Type Citation
[Catalogue] Possehl, Gregory L., and Ch'eng-mei, Chang, and Peters, Heather A., and Lyons, Elizabeth. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 21View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 9. no. 2-3. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Figure 8View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Waldschmidt, Ernst, and von Le Coq, Albert. 1928. "Neue bildwerke II". Die buddhistische spätantike in Mittelasien. Vol. 6. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Volume I, Plate 23; Volume II, plate 24.View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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