Stucco relief fragment
Museum no. LOAN:I A SURVEY.8 (Kha.ii.N.W.004)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Several almost identical relief fragments were found as they were made from the same mould. They probably served as decoration of the vesica of a colossal Buddha statue which is now lost. It was excavated in one of the Buddhist shrines at the site of Khadalik which lies between Khotan and Keriya on the southern branch of the Silk Road in Xinjiang, China. What is striking about this piece is the fact that it appears to have been burned. Does this indicate that this Buddhist shrine found its end in a fire?