University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:C494
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Shanxi
Hongtong
Guangshengsi
Period: Ming Dynasty
Date Made: C. 1476
Early Date: 1456
Late Date: C. 1476
Section:Asian
Materials:Mud
Seeds
Straw
Leaves
Tempera
Technique:Painted
Mural
Iconography:Rahu
Ketu
Sun
Sun Attendant
Jupiter
Peaches
Height: 3.69 m
Width: 2.19 m
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1926

Description

The central figure in this mural is Tejaprabha, the Buddha of Blazing Light, who protects against natural calamities. He is sometimes paired with Bhaisajyaguru, the Healing Buddha, and is identified by a gold wheel in his hand and the title of the sutra held by one of his accompanying bodhisattvas. Other celestial deities, attendants, monks, and worshippers surround him. This section contains Rahu, Ketu, the Sun, Jupiter and an attendant. This is one section of a wall painting, the other sections are C492, C493, C494, C495 and C692.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Jing, Anning. 2002. The Water God's Temple of the Guangsheng Monastery: Cosmic Function of Art, Ritual, & Theater.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Baldwin, Michelle. 1994. Monumental Wall Paintings of the Assembly of the Buddha from Shanxi Province: Historiography, Iconography, Three Styles, and a New Chronology. Artibus Asiae. 54 (3/4): 241-267.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jing, Anning. 1991. The Yuan Buddhist Mural of the Paradise of Bhaisajyaguru. Metropolitan Museum Journal. Volume 26: 147-166.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 1987. Zhu Haogu Reconsidered: A New Date for the Rom Painting and the Southern Shanxi Buddhist-Daoist Style. Artibus Asiae. Volume XLVIII ( 1/2)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Ka-bo, Tsang. 1979. Royal Ontario Museum, Far Eastern Department. Arts of Asia. 9 (2): Chinese Paintings.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Lippe, Aschwin. 1965. Buddha and the Holy Multitude. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. 23 (9): p. 325-335.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1929. Two Sections of Chinese Fresco Newly Acquired. The Museum Journal. Volume XX (No. 2): 119-130.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] 1929. Recent Museum Acquisitions - Eastern Art. Parnassus. Volume I (December) (No. 8): pg. 30.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Miller, J. L. 1928. "Ancient Chinese Wall Paintings: Recently Brought to This Country by the University of Pennsylvania Museum". The Mentor. 16 (3 (April)): 41-44.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1928. Another Fresco from Moon Hill Monastery. The Museum Journal. Volume XIX (2)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Yetts, W. P. 1927. Some Buddhist Frescoes from China. The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs. Volume 51 ( No. 294)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1926. Chinese Frescoes of the T'ang Dynasty in the Museum, 618-906 A.D. The Museum Journal. Volume XVII (No. 3)View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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