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Reliefs of the rear side of the Daxiongbao Hall (大雄寶殿) at the Youshun Monastery (Youshun Si 佑順寺) Van Cutsem, Laurent; Luo, Yuqing

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There are 13 cartouches on the rear wall of the Main Hall. Except the central cartouche, all the cartouches seem to be part of a larger cartouche. The one closest to the left wall edge shows two armored figures facing each other. The second and third cartouches to the left show various ritual vessels and accessories. The fourth and fifth to the left show dancing and music-playing goddesses. On the right side of the central deity there is a seated figure. Judging from the inscription on the cartouche, "康熙四十四年五月吉旦 蘇朱兒朝落至虔心造" (Kangxi sishisinian wuyue jidan Su Zhu'er Chao Luozhi qianxin zao), it is possibly a figure of the monk Chao Luozhi (朝落至). On the left side to the central deity it shows a smiling Amoghapasa (?). The inscription above the central deity writes "大清康熙四十三年九月立" (daqing Kangxi sishisannian jiuyue li). On the lower right of the cartouche the inscription writes "西域僧蘇朱兒朝落至虔造" (xiyu seng Su Zhu'er Chao Luozhi qianzao). The inscription on the lower left of the cartouche writes "石匠李天明" (the stonemason: Li, Tianming). There are Mongolian inscriptions next to the Chinese inscriptions. The fourth and fifth cartouches to the right show music-playing goddesses, and the the second and third cartouches to the right also show various ritual vessels and accessories. The one closest to the right shows two armored figures facing each other. All the cartouches have blue and green paint left on.

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