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Monk Holding a Lotus

Period:
Kizil Kingdom
Date:
ca. 6th century
Culture:
China (Xinjiang Autonomous Region)
Medium:
Water-based pigment 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.
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