Fresco fragment

Fresco fragment

Fresco fragment
Farhadbegyailaki, China
About 6th century
Museum no. LOAN:I A SURVEY.21
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This is a stucco relief fragment of a small Buddha appliqué figurine. Everything but the head and left part of halo and vesica is lost. The vesica is painted in grey with a red border; no colour is visible on the halo. The nose and mouth are worn down. Hair, eyes and eyebrows are painted in black. It was excavated from the temple cella of a shrine with dwelling quarters at the site of Farhad-beg-yailiki between Khotan and Keriya in Xinjiang, China. This Buddhist sanctuary was part of the former Kingdom of Khotan.