These fragments form part of a very large Paradise scene painted on several sheets of thick paper joined together, as follows: 178*: Three bodhisattva figures, 178*a: Under a bodhi tree and elaborate canopy, a demonic figure holds a naked child (possibly a reference to lokapala Vaisravana, Guardian of the North). Below is the headdress of a guardian king, with head and antlers of a stag, 178*b: Bodhisattva and side ornament, 178*c: ornamental scroll fragments. Ink and colours on paper.

An00000014 001 l


Vaisravana, ?
Found, Excavated, Collected By
Stein, Marc Aurel


Found In
Qian Fo Dong


Acquired In
850-999, circa
Five Dynasties, Tang dynasty

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