University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C454
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience: China
Henan
Period: Yuan Dynasty
Date Made: Yuan Dynasty
Early Date: 1279
Late Date: 1368
Section:Asian
Materials:Paint
Plaster
Technique:Fresco
Iconography:Child
Devotee
Lotus
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1925

Description

Fresco painting fragment from Buddhist temple. Standing child holds lotus flower. This painting is a small part of a much larger mural in a Buddhist temple. The lotus, which the child carries, is a sacred Buddhist symbol of purity and perfection and is often used as an analogy for enlightenment because it grows out of the mud and blooms without being defiled. The figure wears long robes and the head is shaved. Fresco is mounted and framed.


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