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Monk Holding a Lotus

Period:
Kizil kingdom
Date:
ca. 6th–7th century
Culture:
China (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region)
Medium:
Pigments on mud plaster
Dimensions:
32 x 14 3/4 in. (81.3 x 37.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1942
Accession Number:
42.49
Not on view
This wall painting was part of a composition that embellished the interior of a temple cut into the soft rock of the Kizil cliffs. The monk, shown in the pious act of offering a flower, was probably placed near a Parinirvana (death of the Buddha) image. Small details such as his shirt and outer robe provide a rare glimpse of the appearance of a member of the Buddhist community at the time.
Inscription: Pencil notation on back of panel: M. Ô. Q., Gr. Anlage, Figuren Höhle, Stück 8, Kiste 29, Tur-wand
Cave temples

[ C. Edward Wells , 1942; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Glimpses of the Silk Road: Central Asia in the First Millennium," 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhism Along the Silk Road," June 2, 2012–February 10, 2013.

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