Mural Painting Section


From: China | Shanxi | Hongtong | Guangshengsi

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number C692
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese | Buddhist
Provenience China | Shanxi | Hongtong | Guangshengsi
Period Ming Dynasty
Date Made ca. 1476
Section Asian
Materials Mud | Seeds | Straw | Leaves | Tempera
Technique Painted | Mural
Iconography Bodhisattva | Mercury | Monkey | Monk | Venus | Pipa | Bird

The central figure in this mural is Tejaprabha, the Buddha of Blazing Light, who protects against natural calamities. He is often 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 a bodhisattva to the right of the Buddha with a small fragment showing Mercury and a monk at the bottom. A second smaller fragment has Venus holding a pipa. This is one section of a wall painting, the other sections are C492, C493, C494, C495 and C692.

Height 4.65 m
Width 1.7 m
Credit Line Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1928

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