Anne Doran

Magazine Arts & Culture

Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiantangshan

The Xiantangshan cave temples in northern China, constructed during the short-lived Northern Qi dynasty (550–577 C.E.), are still used as places of worship. But the artworks they once contained—carved friezes depicting Buddhist deities and their mandalas, limestone statues of relaxed bodhisattvas and intent disciples, and incised decorative panels lavishly patterned with flowering trees and flaming […]

By Anne Doran
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