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0613 Innermost Asia : vol.1
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Above this figure and at right angles to it is ¢' back view of an elderly man with long beard and moustache, large mouth with projecting under lip, coarse nose and bulging eye. His head tied in a cloth or a cloth cap, with two narrow bands hanging from back. He wears a loose fitting coat with very full sleeves and belt at waist. He faces and leans slightly to R. A few lines in front of top of head suggest his L. clenched hand raised.

All below waist lost. Drapery simple but vigorously drawn. Paper buff, torn at both long edges and through long centre line. 21" X 9". Pl. LIX.

K.K. II. 0247. f. Fr. of paper with lines of large drapery. Paper discoloured to dark brown and roughly torn. 15" x 5`".

K.K. II. 0247. g. Four frs. of paper, two showing a line or two and one a faint inscription (Hsi-hsia). Gr. fr. 9" x 3".

K.K. U. 0247. h. Fr. of paper, with part of life-size drawing of man's head, f to L. All above brows and below chin missing. Apparently an elderly face similar to that of K.K. II.0247. d, but not well drawn. Beginning of nimbus appears at side of cheek. Paper buff and ragged. 1 i" x 4".

K.K. II. 0247. i. Fr. of paper, with part of large drawing pricked as a pounce. One edge intact ; starting from there can be identified an outer border 4" wide of meandering stem with leaves. Next, another border Ii" wide with bolder leaves and flowers. Beyond is probably main subject showing mixed leaves and flowers ; across them run two narrow bands and next to one of these a carefully studied bird's wing. All drawing good. Paper buff.

13" x 3f".

K.K. II. 0247. j. Fr. of paper, with drawing of large lily and a few other lines. Paper buff and ragged. 5" x 5".

K.K. II. 0247. k. i,, ii, iii. Three frs. of paper with parts of drawings. (i) Shows drapery lines, including a large knot. Perhaps part of K.K. n. 0247. d. 4" x 5f". (ii) Part of small hand with long nails, holding large flower. Poor drawing. 4f" x 3f". (iii) Part of two figures in loose flowing clothes, moving to L. Figure to L. very incomplete ; that to R. wears loose trousers, shoes and long sword. Head missing and both arms excepting elbow of R. 31" x 5".

K.K. II. 0247. 1. Fr. of paper, with part of drawing of large figure. Swag of drapery crosses straight folds and at one side a pendent strip with large knot. Above swag a large flower-like jewel with pearls attached. Bold drawing. Paper buff. 71" x 6".

K.K. II. 0247. m. Fr. of paper, with drawing of head (prob. a Bodhisattva). All below upper lip missing. Pose, 4 to L. Eyes oblique and downcast ; small nose, moustache, Tilaka on forehead. An elaborate and lofty jewelled head-dress. Hair in loose masses at forehead and a head-band carried down in front of ear and across it. Paper buff. 6" x 9".

K.K. II. 0248. a. Two block-printed paper leaves.

back to back with ten columns of Chinese (?) text on one and a picture of a Bodhisattva on other. The Bodhisattva is seated full face on a rocky platform which narrows symmetrically below into stem and spreads out again to form base. Water occupies lower half of picture. Figure has L. p. leg folded horizontally in usual manner, but R. is upright with foot planted on rock.

An elaborate head-dress suggests Vajra or flame, but may be flowers and leaves. A tripartite bow projects above each ear and long waving streamers descend from them behind shoulders. Eyes are cast down. Tilaka large and in forms of lotus in profile. Hands missing. To R. stands tall narrow vase containing sprig of willow. Whole figure and platform enclosed in a single line halo, above and around which are stratified clouds. Probably Avalokitesvara in a rendering of the vision also shown in paper painting from Chien-fo-tung, Ser. iv. Pl. LXXIX, Ch. i. 009.

Borders well designed in white on black. At top central rosette from which proceeds R. and L. an elaborately designed handle terminating in a wavy edged sword-blade. At bottom a somewhat similar design, but terminating in Vajra ends. Sides are of similar rosettes, leaves and buds. Paper much discoloured and brittle. 8r" x 6$". Pl. LXII.

K.K. II. 0251. c. Seven paper leaves of a book printed in Hsi-hsia characters. One leaf is portion of a picture and shows two adoring figures seated on Padmàsanas, each with one knee raised and the corresponding foot on Padmâsana. Elongated haloes to body and head. High headdresses.

Above and behind, three adoring figures of which legs are hidden behind haloes of first figures. Elongated haloes ; head-dresses like upstanding long leaves or feathers. Trees behind. To R. is hand of figure grasping some object. The five adoring figures are on a terrace with geometrical tiled front. Foreground : stones, grass, and flowers. Paper buff. Size of pages 4f" x 24".

K.K. II. 0253. a. Block-printed paper leaf, with Hsihsia text decorated at top with row of seated Buddha figures. Four figures are shown and part of two more. Head-dress and face are rather like K.K. II. 0233. www•, but moustache smaller. Padmâsana is a half chrysanthemum or the flower in profile. In four of the figures, drapery on body is represented by a series of closely placed zig-zag lines running horizontally. Rays, starting from junction of nimbus with body halo, proceed from all round nimbus, but are limited in their length by angular lines drawn across top corners of enclosing frame. This gives the effect of a hexagon of which neck forms lowest side. Torn away at bottom and L. side. Paper buff, thin and fragile. 6" x 6". Pl. LXV.

K.K. II. 0253. b. Block-printed paper leaf, with Hsihsia text, decorated across top with row of three seated Buddha figures of same type as K.K. II. 0281. a. xxxviii. All heads torn away. Centre fig. in a teaching (?) pose, that to R. in Chin-mudrâ, to L. in Dhyâna-mudrâ. Below