Monday, August 8, 2011
China - Yungang Grottoes
The Three-Heads & Six-Arms Mahevara statue in the Cave No. 8, Yugang Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sent by Zhoujy, a postcrosser from Fujian, China.
The Buddhist tradition of religious cave art achieved its first major impact at Yungang, where it developed its own distinct character and artistic power. The Yungang cave art represents the successful fusion of Buddhist religious symbolic art from south and central Asia with Chinese cultural traditions, starting in the 5th century AD under imperial auspices. At the same time it vividly illustrates the power and endurance of Buddhist belief in China.