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wall-painting

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1927,0518,0.8

  • Description

    Wall-painting. Painted in ink on plaster.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 15thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 4.3 metres
    • Width: 4 metres
    • Width: 454 centimetres (in wooden frame)
    • Depth: 30 centimetres (in wooden frame)
  • Curator's comments

    Zwalf 1985

    The middle figure faces outwards, while those flanking him are in curved postures. Two of the Bodhisattvas, one holding a sceptre and both with a 'parent' Amitābha in the headdress, are the classical Avalokiteśvara; the remaining figure has three gems in his crown and holds a fly-whisk. All are prominently haloed and with narrow repetitive falling drapery folds. Although the ruined temple from which they are said to come, called Chingliang (Pure Coolness), was founded in 1183, an inscription of 1485, still standing there in recent times, states that the wall-paintings 'with three great figures of Guanyin and others' were executed in 1424 by monks from a temple at Wutai shan and that subsequent work, including painting, was done in 1437 and 1468. These dates accord readily with both style and colouring, clearly in the tradition of large wall-paintings in Shanxi and Hebei attributable to extensive restorations by the Yongle emperor (1403-24).

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  • Bibliography

    • Zwalf 1985 327 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1927

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1927,0518,0.8

Wall-painting. Three Bodhisattvas: The middle figure faces outwards, while those flanking him are in curved postures. Two of the Bodhisattvas, one holding a sceptre and both with a 'parent' Amitabha in the headdress, are the classical Avalokitesvara; the

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Wall-painting. Three Bodhisattvas: The middle figure faces outwards, while those flanking him are in curved postures. Two of the Bodhisattvas, one holding a sceptre and both with a 'parent' Amitabha in the headdress, are the classical Avalokitesvara; the

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