.Sec. v] WORK AT THE SITES OF MURTUK
M.C. Iv. 05-7, 015-17, o1g. Fresco frs. Two Bodhisattvas seated to R. and L. respectively against architectural background in perspective ; square window behind each figure, showing thickness of wall, shaded with grey, and reed curtains hanging at upper part. Wall green with red vertical bands beside windows, frieze of roundels in black outline on green, grey shingles or stone roof above which green coping-stones and pink background spotted red.
Both figures have high coiffure fastened by elaborate Mukuta and white bands knotted and draped ; long tresses of black hair round shoulders ; necklace, massive carcanet with three large circular paterae on breast ; armlets, bracelets, and elaborate draperies similar to those of the Ch. Bodhisattvas (cf. Ser. iv. Pl. LXVIII, Ch. lvii. oox), including long animated red stoles ; Chinese faces, narrow waists. Work good and showing Chinese influence in freedom of design and drawing. Contour lines red and black. 18" x 14".
M.C. Iv. 09. Fresco fr., of drapery detail in white, red, grey ; shaded ; of same type as M.C. Iv. 05, &c., to which it may belong. Good work. 5" X 4"
M.C. rv. 021. Fresco fr., showing upper part of jewel om. on front of tiara ; three circular metal discs, piled one on two, with emerald-green palmette-shaped leaves projecting at sides and top. Knot of white drapery on L. and white streamer flying upwards. Behind, part of circular halo with dark red centre, with grey mass to R., and outer rings of buff and emerald green divided by lines of red. Above, festooned drapery of canopy, dark red with green to L. Good condition. 12" x 14".
M.C. Iv. 022. Fresco fr., showing red robe of fig., with part of vesica outside. Latter painted in vertical zigzag stripes (slightly curved) of grey, green, and red divided by bands of buff, and bordered by band of red, buff, and shaded grey.
Over both drapery and vesica hang jewelled chains, consisting of metal plaques alternately circular and lozenge-shaped, set with green jewels, and divided from each other by smaller circular jewels of shaded grey. Outlines of jewels in black and dark red. Good condition. It" x16".