painting / 繪畫
Fragment of a large, splendid painting of a lokapala, possibly Dhrtarastra, Guardian of the East, showing the lower part of the face, armour and left hand holding an arrow. He wears a large, blue jewel at the neck. Ink and colours on silk.
- Excavated/Findspot: Qian Fo Dong, Ch.liv.003 (from bundle Ch.liv at Cave 17 at Ch’ien Fo Tung (pinyin: Qian Fo Dong))
- (Asia,China,Gansu (province),Dunhuang,Qian Fo Dong (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas))
- Excavated/Findspot: 千佛洞
- Height: 63 centimetres
- Width: 67 centimetres
Although fragmentary, this painting shows how splendid the finest paintings at Dunhuang could be. The width is likely to have been 75 cm or more, and so the whole figure must have stood over 2 metres high. Compared to the smaller banners painted with the help of stencils, more individual attention has been paid to details, both as regards the outlines and modelling and in the final colouring.
The Lokapāla, from the arrow he is carrying, is probably Dhrtarāstra, Guardian of the East. His face is outlined in thick heavy ink lines, but these are subsequently almost lost beneath the luxuriant growth of beard flowing in smooth lines almost like a magnetic field from the ends of the mouth, chin and temples. The items of his apparel correspond to those of other guardian kings, but are more gorgeously decorated, as in the rows of scale armour, each of a different colour, the borders of embroidered flowers, and the splendid blue jewel worn at the neck.此畫雖然是斷片，但能如實地說明在敦煌創造過多麽精美的繪畫。其幅寬是75釐米或者更寬，整個立像的高度無疑會超過2米。與利用模板的小型幡畫相比，此畫無論線描、樣式還是色彩，都非常細緻周到。
For full acquisition history, see 1919,0101,0.1.
- Ch.liv.003 (Stein no.)
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