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Fresco Fragment


From: China | Xinjiang | Kizil

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number C413A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese | Buddhist
Provenience China | Xinjiang | Kizil
Period Tang Dynasty
Date Made ca. 750 ca.
Section Asian
Materials Clay | Gesso
Technique Fresco
Iconography Bodhisattva Head
Inscription Language German Language

Fresco fragment from Cave 179 of the Kizil caves. 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


Ming-Öi, Kizil,

Large structure, 2nd gorge,

2nd cave, found in the corner.

Height 24.13 cm
Width 22.86 cm
Credit Line Purchased from A. W. Bahr, 1924

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