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Niche representing one Buddha and two Boddhisattvas, Qianfo zhai (千佛寨) Anderl, Christoph


This niche in Qianfo zhai 千佛寨, Anyue xian 安岳縣, Sichuan sheng 四川省 retains coloring from the Qing (1644-1911) and/or Republican period (1911-1949), most notably orange, red, blue and light-green. The three figures may be identified as a Buddha in the middle and two Bodhisattvas holding flasks on either side. The remaining decor atop of figure's heads suggest their identities. The figure in the center features an ushnisha while the tops of the heads of the two other figures are cylindrical, posibly the base of a bodhisattva's crown. These two also wear keyuras (Ch. Yingluo 璎珞), a type of jewellery usually worn by bodhisattvas. The photographs show: A side view of a niche with three figures, photo taken from the right side of the niche [1] [2]. A close up of the three figures in the niche [3]. An overview of the niche, photo taken from below [4] [5]. Metadata created by: Xixi Jia.

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