Niches 17, 18, and 19, Beishan Rock Carvings (北山石刻) Anderl, Christoph; Yu, Sau Ling Wendy
This complex of niches is located in Beishan Rock Carvings (北山石刻), Fowan (佛灣), Dazu (大足) District, Chongqing. Since all the figures are severely eroded, their identities are unknown. Niche 17 (top): Two standing figures standing on a lotus pedestal Niche 18 (middle): One seated Buddha and two standing bodhisattvas are depicted. The cross-legged Buddha statue is placed on a lotus throne. It has flame motifs peach-shaped and oval halos behind its head and body. The peach-shaped halos of both bodhisattvas are also trimmed by flame patterns. Three vertical lines of inscriptions with three recognizable characters about the construction of this niche dated to the late Tang are found near the top right corner of the niche frame. Source: Dazu shike yanjiuyuan 大足石刻研究院. Dazu shike quanji 大足石刻全集 [Dazu Rock Carvings] Edited by Li Fangyin 黎方銀. 10 vols. Vol. 1-1, Chongqing: Chongqing chubanshe, 2018, pp. 107-108. Niche 19 (bottom): One seated bodhisattva and two standing bodhisattvas are depicted. The cross-legged bodhisattva statue is placed on a Sumeru throne. It has flame motifs peach-shaped and oval halos behind its head and body. Its left hand holds a bowl, while the right hand carries an unknown object. The bodhisattvas on both sides have circular halos. Two groups of buddha images framed by auspicious clouds are carved above the Buddha statues on the central wall. Each group contains five buddha images. Inscriptions that were dated to the late Tang are found near the right side of the niche frame. It mentions the construction of the shrine for the salvational Avalokitesvara (Chinese: Jiuku guanyin 救苦觀音). Source: Dazu shike yanjiuyuan. Dazu shike quanji. Edited by Li Fangyin. Vol. 1-1, pp. 109 -110. Descriptions of the photos: Complex of Niches 17, 18 and 19 and surrounding environment  Niches 18 and 19  Key to niche numbers  Metadata created by: Sau Ling Wendy Yu.
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