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painting / banner / 繪畫 / 幡

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1919,0101,0.94

  • Description

    Two fragments of a banner showing two scenes from the Life of the Buddha, in a landscape setting. The top fragment illustrates the simultaneous births of sheep, the bottom fragment a cow and a horse, and a lady in Tang costume milking the cow. Blank cartouches on alternate sides of the scenes. Ink and colours on silk.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 9thC
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 18 centimetres
    • Width: 19 centimetres (upper part)
    • Height: 24 centimetres
    • Width: 20 centimetres (lower part)
  • Curator's comments

    These fragments of a banner (see Fig. 86), as pointed out by Stein in Serindia, are clearly from the same series as those shown in Pl.31 and Pl.41, characterized by the use of opaque white pigment that has tended to flake away, and by simplified landscape forms—low hills—separating the different scenes. A charmingly domestic touch is added by the lady, with the rather full figure and costume associated with the Tang, who is milking the cow.這些幡畫的碎片(見Fig. 86),正如斯坦因在《西域》中指出的---很明顯來自圖31 和圖41中表現的相同的系列,使用不透明的白色顔料來顯示這一特徵,而白色顔料已經脫落了。用簡單化的風景——低矮的小丘——分隔不同的場景,一個身著唐代服裝的擠牛奶的豐滿婦女,使畫面增加了令人陶醉的家庭氣息。

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  • Bibliography

    • Mizuno & Taguchi 1996 cat.no.90 bibliographic details
    • Stein 1921a p.1023; vol.IV, pl.LXXVI bibliographic details
    • Whitfield 1982 pl.33 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Japan, 1996

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Life of the Buddha
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1919

  • Acquisition notes

    For full acquisition history, see 1919,0101,0.1.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1919,0101,0.94

  • Additional IDs

    • Ch.xxii.008 (Stein no.)
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Two fragments of a banner showing two scenes from the Life of the Buddha, in a landscape setting. The top fragment illustrates the simultaneous births of sheep, the bottom fragment a cow and a horse, and a lady in Tang costume milking the cow. Blank cartouches on alternate sides of the scenes. Ink and colours on silk.

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