I200 KARA-SHAHR AND ITS RUINED SITES [Chap. XXIX
crumbling walls of a small enclosure. Marks of recent burrowing into the solid masonry suggested that the watch-tower had been mistaken for a Sttipa.
SECTION IV.—LIST OF ANTIQUES EXCAVATED AT THE MING-OI SITE, SHÔRCHUK, KARA-SHAHR
Mi. i. oox. Stucco relief fr. Face of Buddha, about half life-size, ears and hair missing. Face round and straight-eyed ; flesh painted dead white ; eyebrows, outline and iris of eyes black ; upper line of eyelid and lips red ; corner of eyes, small moustache and imperial, blue. Uri on forehead, a red circle surrounded by red dots (damaged). For others see Mi. i. 002 ; vii. 003. Chin to top of forehead 3r. PI. CxXxII.
Mi. i. 002. Stucco relief fr. of face like Mi. i. ooz, but larger. Only R. side preserved below eye and, to L., side of nose and mouth. Traces of black moustache line and dot for beard. Condition bad, and most of white surface gone. Lips red. Soft clay mixed with fibre. Chin to middle of nose 4'.
Mi. i. oog. Stucco relief fr. of tile, as Mi. xxiii. z. R. bottom corner including L. ear and ear-ring of Bodhisattva preserved. 5' X 4'.
Mi. i. 004. a—h. Stucco relief frs. of a valance (imitating textiles), from border of some projecting cornice. Of these b and h only keep flat painted border from which valance was suspended. The central orn. painted on this is a flower with white centre, and five green petals outlined in white and vermilion. Outside this on either side are petals arranged like a fan, and painted with chocolate centre on rose, on cream, with vermilion outline. Outside again on each side is a series of crescents, blue, white (vermilion-edged), chocolate, rose, white (vermilion-edged), and green placed vertically. This seen well in h.
Below runs the heading of valance (best seen in a and f), consisting of row of white relief sqs. between two plain vermilion mouldings.
Below this is the valance itself : a row of triangular hanging 'swags' in relief, alternating with hanging tassels (best seen in c and d). Each 'swag' has an outer line of flame-filleted orn. in pale green ; inside this a border like the heading above, but all red, and in centre a triangular design with half of four-petalled flower in white. Tassel hangs from red rope formed of circles bordered by mouldings. It consists first of two red rings, then row of blue petals, then two more red rings and final row of bells in pale green. Background between ',swag' and tassel red-brown.
In all fifteen ' swags ' and five frs., fifteen tassels and two frs. preserved. a joins b. Plaster thickly mixed with fibres.
Combined length 4' 61". Width 6', of which smooth border is IA". g and h, Pl. CXXXVII.
Mi. ii. oox. Fr. of wooden statuette ; half-closed R, hand complete. Cf. Mi. ii. oog. No grooves. Shows plentiful traces of thick white substance on surface, prob.
once gilded or painted. Made separately from fig. Gr. M. 2*" ; across knuckles .
Mi. ii. 002. Stucco relief fr. ; part of tile apparently from same mould as Mi. xxiii. I. Bodhisattva head up to fillet and R. ear (rosette missing) and R. bottom corner of frame preserved. Gr. h. 6*" ; gr. width 6i".
Mi. ii. 003-4. Two frs. of painted stucco band, probably heading of valance like Mi. i. 004. Ground white, with pattern outlined in vermilion of series of lozenges leaving side triangles. Lozenges (white) have small inner lozenge, green or grey-blue, on which is vermilion or pale pink rosette with red-brown centre ; triangles also vermilion or pale pink with red-brown centre. Surface worn. Soft clay mixed with fibre. 5a" and 5A" x 2r and xi'.
Mi. ii. 005. Fr. of plaster, gilded. Convex surface, perhaps from neck of figure. 24.x 21" x $' to â".
Mi. ii. 006. a—b. Stucco relief frs. (a) Little and third finger of colossal R. hand ; (b) probably forefinger of same hand. Traces of gilding on flesh and of dark paint' (once red?) on nails. Nails Ii"x Ii". (a) 8 x4'; (b) 5â" XIS.
Mi. ii. 007. Stucco relief fr. L. hand life-size. Hand outstretched along thigh shows under thumb fr. of green and red drapery. Broken below wrist. Plaster stucco on core of clay and fibre. 8" x 31" x 3k". PI. CXXXIX.
Mi. ii. oo8 (marked wrongly n. ooz). Stucco relief fr. Rosette from head-dress of fig. like *Mi. xi. oo. Six petals and bead border ; no colour. Diam. 2".
Mi. ii. oog (marked wrongly II. 002). Fr. of wooden statuette. R. hand with fingers folded in, prob. holding fold of robe. Only third finger complete. Cross groove under folded little finger is correctly given, but there is a deep groove meeting it lengthways along edge_ of palm which is quite unnatural. No paint. Made separately and glued on to fig. Gr. M. 3a" ; across knuckles Ir.
Mi. iv. oox. Mould in plaster of Paris for casting seated Buddha (3k" x 2$" x $"), pair of curls (like beard of Mi. xi. 00107), each 2" X'1' x A", and pair of zigzag locks of hair. Here broken across, so that of latter only end of one and two curves of the other preserved (2*' x g" x y ). All details of Buddha's head left for future treatment. Transverse hole through rounded end. z 21' x PI. CXXXVII.
Mi. v. oox. Stucco head of fig. of type *Mi. xi. oo. Headdress above fillet, R. side of crown and face and L. ear missing. Chin to top of hair 3f'.