Fragment of a Wall Painting
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
Western China and Central Asia were home to many Buddhist institutions, some of which were housed in human-made caves. Murals originally covered every surface of these cave temples, depicting Buddhist legends and hundreds of images of Buddhas. This fragment was removed from a cave at Kumtura, near the border with present-day Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in western China.
Mineral pigments on clay
17 1/8 x 17 3/8 in. (43.5 x 44.1 cm) (show scale)
Carved in plaster back:
IV. Reise (K77)
Kontura gr. Ang.
II Höhle in D. Ecke an D.
Inscription written faintly in blue on plaster back:
Herr S. Culin
zur ______ Erinnerung
an der Besuch in Berlin
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Fragment of a Wall Painting, 4th-5th century. Mineral pigments on clay, 17 1/8 x 17 3/8 in. (43.5 x 44.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 35.1963 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 35.1963_bw.jpg)
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