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Fragment of a Wall Painting

Asian Art

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.
MEDIUM Mineral pigments on clay
DATES 4th–5th century
DIMENSIONS 17 1/8 x 17 3/8 in. (43.5 x 44.1 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS Carved in plaster back: IV. Reise (K77) Kontura gr. Ang. II Höhle in D. Ecke an D. gr. Schlucht Inscription written faintly in blue on plaster back: Herr S. Culin zur ______ Erinnerung an der Besuch in Berlin 14/8/23 AvLeCoq
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 35.1963_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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 <em>Fragment of a Wall Painting</em>, 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)