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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Fragment of a Wall Painting with the Head and Bust of Guanyin Pusa (the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Kuan-yin P'u-sa
Work Type
mural painting
13th-14th century
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Inner Mongolia (Nei Menggu), Khara Khoto
Yuan dynasty, 1279-1368
Central Asian
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Polychromy on gesso ground
painting proper (irregular): H. 21.2 x W. 22.5 cm (8 3/8 x 8 7/8 in.)
framed: H. 50 x W. 39.5 x D. 2 cm (19 11/16 x 15 9/16 x 13/16 in.)
Inner Mongolia (Nei Menggu), Khara Khoto. First Fogg Expedition to China,(1923-24.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, First Fogg Expedition to China (1923-1924)
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Robert N. Linrothe, "New Delhi and New England: Old Collections of Tangut Art", Orientations, Orientations Magazine Ltd. (Hong Kong, April 1996), vol. 27, no. 4, p. 40, fig. 21

Karl Debreczeny, ed., Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism, exh. cat., Rubin Museum of Art (New York, 2019), pp. 101-102, fig. 4.12

Exhibition History

Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 02/01/2019 - 07/15/2019

A Colloquium in the Visual Arts , Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/2021 - 01/02/2022

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