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Fresco Fragment


From: China | Xinjiang | Kizil

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number C411
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese
Provenience China | Xinjiang | Kizil
Period Tang Dynasty
Date Made ca. 750 CE
Section Asian
Materials Ceramic | Clay | Gesso
Technique Fresco
Iconography Human Faces
Inscription Language German Language

A portion of mural painting showing three figures. The painting is in a mixed Indian and Persian style from Kizil Cave 38. The damaged condition permits us to see the foundation on which it was painted, a wall of mud with a course bind of fibers covered with a thin layer of finer plaster. The tempera pigments are derived from minerals and plants. The inscription on the back reads:

[pencil] Kiste 73.

IV. Reise M[ing]. Ö[i]. Q[yzyl]. gr[oße].Anl[age].

blaue Höhle fordere Stuppa=

wand rechte Ecke oben

[pencil] No. 15.


Crate 73

4th expedition, Ming-Öi, Kizil, large structure,

blue cave, front Stupa wall,

right corner top.

No. 15

Height 46 cm
Length 85 cm
Credit Line Purchased from A. W. Bahr, 1924
Other Number 15 - Other Number

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