|UNESCO #1039 - Yungang Grottoes - CHINA|
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The Yungang Grottoes - CHINA - UNESCO #1039
This awesome postcard shows one of the many statues that fill the honeycomb shaped caves carved into the slopes of the Mountain of Yungang - it's really amazing the amount of grottoes that China have, judging by all those inscribed on the UNESCO list and assuming that there are many more over the country. Thank you very much Karen, I would love to visit this place one day (among many others in China), until it's possible I'll keep dreaming while looking at postcards like this beautiful one, the 317th on my UNESCO collection, 664 more and I'm done. This postcard took 29 days to arrive!
The Buddhist tradition of religious cave art achieved its first major impact at Yungang Grottoes, in Datong city, Shanxi Province, with their 252 caves and 51,000 statues 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.