Dress: a close-fitting short-sleeved jacket, sage-green powdered with round buff spots, set at neck in low band of dark buff orn. with Indian red. Sleeves finished above elbow by similar band, above another of terra-cotta with green and black scroll orn., and edged with short full frills of white or yellow. Lower arm covered with tightfitting sleeve of under-garment, red, with purple cuff-band (on L. arm) orn. with green scrolls. Turquoise-green stole also about arms. Legs draped with plum-coloured robe, spotted with terra-cotta and green trefoils and pearl-like dots of white. General background, terra-cotta red ; circular halo, turquoise-green bordered with terra-cotta red and dark buff.
Five children play about her. One, nude, sits astride R. shoulder ; another, in terra-cotta shirt, astride L.; another bestrides R. forearm, and a fourth embraces L. breast as he stands on her girdle; these both nude. The fifth, in green shirt, on extreme L., appears to be dancing. All have features and figs. of grown boys or men.
Flesh throughout washed in with flesh-pink, over white, shaded with a slightly darker tint ; all flesh outlines are Indian red, and eyes in black and white only. Hâriti's cheeks seem to have been coloured with another pigment which has destroyed the surface, leaving only the clay below.
Fine conception, but execution unequal ; badly damaged over most of surface, but H.'s face and figs. of children almost intact. For interpretation of figure and its cornparison with painting on linen found at Yâr-khoto, see Foucher, La Madone bouddhique, Fondation Piot, Paris, 191o, pp. 16 sqq., with Pl. XIX and Fig. 7 showing mural painting in situ. 2' X 2'. Pl. XIII.
F. xII. 005. Fresco panel showing standing Bodhisattva
(Avalokiteivara), R. ; R. hand with palm upturned
before breast supporting long-necked flask, L. hand down as though gathering robe together. Fig. slim and generally of Indo-Persian type. Upper half nude except for dark pink stole, striped with white, twined on arms ; knots of white drapery hanging behind shoulders ; necklet, chain, armlets, and bracelets. Flesh light pink shaded with darker pink and a light burnt red. Below hips fig. is draped in a variegated robe gathered closely round legs and falling in pleated folds between. Intermingling colours of robe represented by cross stripes of white and red, and (in another direction) green and black. Head wears tiara of open lotus with Dhydni-buddha in centre and pearl border; hair long, falling behind shoulders, is dull dark brown heavily lined with black. Straight eyes downcast; long straight nose ; elongated ear, but no ear-ring. All outlines of flesh in light burnt sienna, which is also used for iris of eyes and eyebrows; but the latter (besides nostril, line dividing lips, and L. side of face) are strengthened with black.
Behind is narrow oval vesica and circular halo. Ground of vesica light green, of halo greenish grey; both bordered with inner band of dark pink and outer border of circular medallions in buff outlined with red and having alternately red and green centres.
Background of whole dark red, with lower part of dark blue lotus bud showing in L. top corner, and small seated Buddha on R. Immediately above on wall stood F. xII. oo6.
Close approach to Indian elements in Graeco-Buddhist art particularly noticeable, e. g. in the variegated robe, forms of jewellery and flask, treatment of drapery and angular folds down front of robe. Dark brown for the hair is not found elsewhere amongst the wall-paintings of Collection, but is found on hair of Lokapâlas in some of Chien-fo-tung paintings (see Ch. 0035 ; xx. od11 ; lv. 0018); for a lighter brown used for iris of eyes as in frescoes from M. in, cf. M. III. 003.
Surface much worn. 2' 7" x I' 21". Fresco in situ, Figs. 312, 313. Portion removed, Pl. CXXV.
F. xi1. oo6. Fresco fr. from wall immediately above F. xii. 005 ; shows lower part of fig. standing on lotus (pale green and black, with brown centre). Dark red background with three large lotus buds (black and pale green) in field. Pale green robe with dark red border and stole of dark pink, white, and black check, ends of which remain. Vesica has ornamental border, decorated with attendant figs. in panels ; parts of two on pale green and dark red grounds showing on L. side. Work rough, and green paint almost entirely lost. I t"x 14"
F. x1I. 007. Fresco fr. showing seated Buddha from Buddha-diapered portion of south-east wall in F. xix. Hands together in lap, with thumbs touching, head L. Pink lotus-throne, red-brown robe, green vesica with dark brown border, circular pink nimbus. Flesh white, shaded with burnt sienna and outlined Indian red. Background pale green. To L., knee and part of vesica (red and white) of next fig. Coarse work. 18' x Io ". For fresco in situ, see Fig. 314.
F. XII. oo8. Fresco fr. showing seated Buddha from wall above F. xiI. 007, and in same style. Blue lotus throne, pale green robe bordered red. Whites of eyes have blue-grey line along lower part. Black eyelashes, elongated. Vesica pink bordered with green ; halo shaded pink, bordered with blue ; rectang. background red. To L. is left side of second fig. in red robe on pink lotus with blue vesica ; rectang. background pale green. Above, traces of third subject. Colours rich ; work rather rough. 1' x 1' 7". For fresco in situ, see Fig. 314.
F. xu. oog. Fresco fr. from portion of north-east wall adjoining the statue seen in Fig. 296. R. half, upon dark red ground, shows twining stem and tendrils in dark grey from which spring large lotus bud and fully opened lotus. Petals white near flower centre, light copper-green in outer parts, outlined black. Background sprinkled with small floral sprigs in white. Down L. side, on lighter red ground, are three Buddhas seated in meditation on lotuses, with lotus-petal vesicas. Hands of two upper covered by robe.
Painted in buff throughout, with dark red outlines, eyes, and hair; copper-green on petals of Padmâsana,