The present fragments are notable for the clever use of vivid colors and determined brushstrokes that imbue volume to the overall composition. They were likely part of a larger mural covering the walls of a temple, depicting various members of the Buddhist pantheon all flanking a central Buddha. For other examples of this type, see a fresco fragment of a bodhisattva, attributed to the Northern Song dynasty, formerly in the collection of Carl Otto von Kienbusch Jr., and in the Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey, museum no. y1952-51; and stucco panel attributed to the Song/Jin Dynasty, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 3rd-4th December 2015, lot 287.
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