Monk Holding a Lotus

China (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region)

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.

Monk Holding a Lotus, Pigments on mud plaster, China (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region)

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