University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C413A
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience: China
Xinjiang
Kizil
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: C. 750 CE
Early Date: 749
Late Date: 751
Section:Asian
Materials:Clay
Gesso
Technique:Fresco
Iconography:Bodhisattva Head
Height: 24.13cm
Width: 22.86cm
Credit Line:Purchased from A. W. Bahr, 1924

Description

Fresco fragment. Head of bodhisattva, turned towards viewer's left. Possibly repainted. Previous retouching and attempts at conservation have distorted the quality of line and color and make attribution of site or date difficult. The inscription on the back of the piece reads:

M[ing]. Ö[i]. Q[yzyl]
gr[oße].Anlage II Schlucht
II Höhle in D[er].
Ecke gefunden

Translation:

Ming-Öi, Kizil,
Large structure, 2nd gorge,
2nd cave, found in the corner.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition
Silk Road Highlights Supplement (10 Feb 2011)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: Fig. 14View Objects cited in this Publication

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