Niches 172, 173 and 174, 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 172: The middle wall depicts two seated images in European sitting posture on Sumeru thrones. Both images wear wind hats. The left one with a damaged head holds a staff in the right hand and a round object in the left hand. The figure on the right has a mortar bowl in front of the belly, and the right hand holds a pestle. There are eight Buddha images seated on lotus thrones surrounding these two images. Six are on top of them, while the remaining two are placed on either side. Moreover, traces of two badly eroded standing figures are found on the edge of the niche frame. Niche 173: A six-armed bodhisattva with a circular halo is depicted in the middle wall. The pair of upper hands hold circular plates. The middle left hand holds a noose, while the right has a sword. The lower left arm is damaged, and the right hand holds a willow. The lower body of the bodhisattva is badly eroded. Traces of two badly eroded standing figures are found on the edge of the niche frame. Niche 174: The depiction of this niche is similar to that of niche 173. Descriptions of the photos: Key to the niches . Overview of the niches . Close-up of Niche 172 . Close-up of Niches 172 and 173 . Metadata created by: Sau Ling Wendy Yu.
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