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Niche 288, 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. According to the inscriptions carved outside the top right corner of the niche, it is a niche for Amitabha Buddha, established in 1107 CE (北宋大觀二年). The central image was changed to a seated figure of a government official holding a tablet in both hands. His surname and title are carved on the niche lintel, and the characters written are “Da ming Shu zongzhi Lin gong zhi xiang” 大明蜀總制林公之像. The images on the ceiling and the upper part of either side wall are probably original. Several musical instruments with ribbons tied on them are carved on the ceiling, while a circular shrine with a seated Buddha is depicted on the upper part of either side wall. The images in the square shrines on either side wall were changed to seated officials similar to the central figure. 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. 372. Descriptions of the photos: Overview of the niche [1]. Close-up of the niche [2]. Close-up of the central figure [3, 4]. Close-up of the characters on the lintel [5]. Inscriptions outside the top right corner of the niche [6]. Metadata created by: Sau Ling Wendy Yu.

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