|UNESCO #440 - Mogao Caves (cave 328) - CHINA|
Friday, January 03, 2014
Mogao Caves - CHINA - UNESCO #440
Another beautiful card from China - this one showing some of the famous painted clay sculptures in one of the caves in Dunhuang (according to the back of the card, it's Mogao Cave #328). Thank you very much Xinyu, this is a wonderful addition to my UNESCO WHS collection; 254 down (20 from China), 727 to go. This postcard took 41 days to arrive!
Carved into the cliffs above the Dachuan River, the Mogao Caves south-east of the Dunhuang oasis, Gansu Province, comprise the largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. It was first constructed in 366AD and represents the great achievement of Buddhist art from the 4th to the 14th century. 492 caves are presently preserved, housing about 45,000 square meters of murals and more than 2,000 painted sculptures.