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Seated Buddha with standing figures of laypersons, Niche 169, Beishan Rock Carvings (北山石刻) Anderl, Christoph


This niche is located in Beishan Rock Carvings (北山石刻), Fowan (佛灣), Dazu (大足) District, Chongqing. The central Buddha image in a double-collar drooping cassock is seated with crossed legs on a lotus throne, holding a hexagonal dharma wheel with his left hand and his right hand forming a mudra. The tips of his peach-shaped body halo and circular head halo with flame patterns touch the lotus canopy on the ceiling. Two lines of illuminating lights are expanded from the border between the canopy and the halos to the ceiling. Traces of the Bodhi tree branches are carved behind the halos. Moreover, a square altar with a three-legged incense burner is put before the Buddha’s throne. A standing figure with a damaged head seems to place incense on the burner with his right arm. Five standing figures on either side flank the Buddha. They are dressed in laypersons’ attire. Some of their heads are lost. Images of the left side wall are mostly eroded. Only four standing layperson figures on the upper part of the wall are recognizable. The right side wall contains five sets of standing figures of laypeople, most badly eroded. Descriptions of the photos: Overview of Niche 169 [1]. Middle and right side walls [2]. Metadata created by: Sau Ling Wendy Yu.

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