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Niches 165, 166, and 167, 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. Niche 165: The central wall depicts a bodhisattva, whose head is lost, seated on a rock throne in a Lalitasana posture with the left leg crossed. A large round-shaped halo is carved behind the bodhisattva. The remains of two severely eroded standing figures are left on the left side wall. The right side wall also has two standing figures. The inner one is a female who forms an Añjali Mudra (Chinese: 合十). The outer one, whose upper body is damaged, also a[[appears to be female. Niche 166: Six seated images distributed in two layers are depicted in the central wall. The middle figure on the upper layer is seated crossed-leg on a lotus throne. The two figures on either side sit in the European style. The left holds an unknown object with both hands, while the right wears a crown. The three figures in the bottom layer are severely eroded, and their identities are uncertain. Besides, there is a standing figure on the right side wall. It is also badly damaged. Niche 167: A severely eroded standing figure is depicted. Descriptions of the photos: Key to the niches [1] Overview of the niches [2] Close-up of Niche 165 [3] Close-up of Niche 166 [4] Metadata created by: Sau Ling Wendy Yu.

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