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Chinese Buddhist Grottoes

This libguide introduces the most well-known Buddhist Grottoes in China

Paintings of the Chinese Buddhist Grottoes

Buddha Preaching the Law

Buddha Preaching the Law, ca. 701–750 CE, ink and pigments on silk. British Museum, London, 1919,0101,0.6 (Ch.liii.001). © The Trustees of the British Museum

https://www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/exhibitions/cave_temples_dunhuang/gallery.html

Feitian

Feitian, or Flying Apsaras (cloud spirits) are a defining element in the Buddhist caves at Mogao © Keren Su / Getty Images

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/chinas-buddhist-caves

Guiding Bodhisattva

Guiding (or Yinlu) Bodhisattva, ca. 851–900 CE, ink and pigments on silk with gold leaf. British Museum, London, 1919,0101,0.47 (Ch.lvii.002). © The Trustees of the British Museum

https://www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/exhibitions/cave_temples_dunhuang/gallery.html

Musicians

Cave 85, detail of wall painting of musicians. Late Tang dynasty (848–907 CE). Mogao caves, Dunhuang, China. Photo by Lori Wong. © J. Paul Getty Trust

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Dancing Figure

Cave 85, detail of wall painting of a dancing figure. Late Tang dynasty (848–907 CE). Mogao caves, Dunhuang, China. Photo by Lori Wong. © J. Paul Getty Trust

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Diamond Sutra

Diamond Sutra, 868 CE, ink on paper. London, British Library, Or.8210/P.2. Copyright © The British Library Board.

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Mural of AvalokiteĊ›vara

Mural of AvalokiteĊ›vara (Guanyin), Worshipping Bodhisattvas and Mendicant in cave 57. Figures originally adorned with gold leaf. Early Tang.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mogao_Caves