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Avalokiteśvara, Niche 286, 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 middle wall depicts a seated bodhisattva image flanked by two attendants. The bodhisattva with a tall crown has a circular body halo and a peach-shaped head halo trimmed with flame patterns. He is seated in a European posture with his feet stepping on lotus pedestals. The left hand has a bowl, while the right hand holds a willow branch. The two attendants are severely eroded. The head of the left one is lost. The right one holds a bowl in both hands. A pair of feitian 飛天 (Sanskrit: apsaras) placed in circular auspicious cloud motifs are shown on the upper part of the niche. Inscriptions dated to 1109 CE (北宋大觀三年) are found outside the niche frame, indicating that this is a niche for Avalokiteśvara (Guanyin觀音). 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. 3-1, Chongqing: Chongqing chubanshe, 2018, p. 363. Metadata created by: Sau Ling Wendy Yu.

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