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Niche 256, 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 Buddha flanked by a pair of standing disciples and two seated bodhisattvas. The Buddha image has a circular body halo and a peach-shaped head halo trimmed with flame patterns. He is seated in a European posture on a Sumeru throne. A pair of bodhi trees is depicted behind the Buddha’s back, and the tree canopy extends to the ceiling. A bowl is carved in the tree canopy on the left side of the Buddha. The male disciple on the left side of the Buddha joins his hands to form an Añjali Mudra (Chinese: 合十). The female disciple on the right side holds a staff with both hands. The two bodhisattvas are also seated in a European posture. They wear crowns and hold round objects in front of their bellies. The design of their halos is similar to those of the Buddha image. Four standing bodhisattvas are depicted on either side wall. They all have circular halos, and the group on the right side wall is severely eroded. Twelve standing images are depicted on the platform below the Buddha. Their heads are lost. A large lotus flower is carved in the middle of the ceiling. The remains of feitian 飛天 (Sanskrit: apsaras) appear on either side of the lotus. Descriptions of the photos: Overview of the niche [1]. Surrounding environment [2]. Metadata created by: Sau Ling Wendy Yu.

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