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Asian Art

Fragment of a Banner with Female Donors

9th–10th century

Sized cotton painted with ink and color

without mounting: 9 9/16 × 8 1/8 in. (24.3 × 20.6 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1937.5576
The current shape of this fragment suggests that it was once part of a long, narrow banner used in processions and other rituals, and to decorate the interior of temples. However, the two women painted on each side, both of which are holding offerings, would presumably have been placed either at the bottom of such a banner or to one side of an iconic central figure. It seems likely, therefore, that this fragment was once part of a larger painting and not a banner, particularly since cloth backings are common in Central Asian religious paintings.
Culture: 
Chinese, Xinjiang Uyghur, Qoco
Period: 
Qoco kingdom (855/56–14th century)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Excavated from a temple at Qoco (Gaochang); was considered part of von Le Coq's finds at Bezeklilk; The Berlin Museum; purchased by Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Albert von Grunwedel, Bericht u¨ber archa¨ologische arbeiten in Idikutschari und umgebung im winter 1902-1903 (Mu¨nchen: K. B. Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1906), pl.XVII, fig. 2a-b.

George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 42–43, no. 64, ill.

Mimi Gardner Gates, The Communion of Scholars: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New York: China House Gallery, 1982), 16, 92–95, no. 41, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 296, ill.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 78, 81, fig. 68.

“An Overview of North American Collections,” International Dunhuang Province Newsletter 49/50 (Summer 2017): fig. 1.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.