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The main attraction at Longmen Grotto, known as Fengxian Temple. This large 17 meters Buddha rock carving is the biggest in the Grotto and was claimed to have carved base on the feature of Emperess Wu Zetian.during the Tang Dynasty around 672AD, that’s why the face feature is unusual and somehow appeared baby like with chubby check. It has the usual symbol, a line below the chin to represent double chin, and 3 lines on the neck. His robe is not done in Chinese’s style nor typical monks’ that covered the left shoulder, it has many line and covered both shoulders as well as chest. Hair in wavy curve. Not Chinese nor typical monk Longmen Grotto, Luoyang, Henan, China

This one has similar style to the Centre cave with elongated head and big bund but never smile. It is done more in a serious expression than the earlier one which features a smile that probably thought too casual to be an idol for praying. The eyes is flat at the base lid and only curve on the upper lid. It looks calmer. Wavy hair, big nose and Bindi dot. 3 Binyang South cave, date not verified. But feature similar to the Wei Dynasty. However, this one has a double chin and 3 lines on his neck. Could have been much later than 500 AD. Longmen Grotto, Luoyang, Henan, China

This Buddha has a much bigger bund similar to ordinary Chinese hair style of that time. The hair is carved with wavy curve like the Indian. Not the snail-shell like. The face is elongated. Smiling lip, large Chinese nose, and small eye. The robe is done in Chinese style rather than the usual monk robe like Thailand. It covered both shoulder and left the chest open. It also has a Bindi dot on his forehead. This early version doesn’t have a double chin and no 3 lines on the neck. 3 Binyang Centre cave, 500AD, Wei Dynasty. Longmen Grotto Grotto, Luoyang, Henan, China.

Buddha with a peace sign on his right hand? Not quite, because the thumb seem to be broken off. This rock carving Buddha in the North cave of 3 Binyang Cave was carved about 650-680AD during the Tang Dynasty in addition to the other 2 caves done earlier during the Wei Dynasty. Its face is much rounded. The forehead and bund was damaged with hacking marks, thus the bund appeared smaller making the face even more round. This one doesn’t smile like the earlier Wei Dynasty version in the next cave. Its face feature is much calmer. Double chin and 3 lines on his neck start to appear. The eye upper lid has a double curve and the lower lid is slanted. The robe is done more like a monk robe covering only the left shoulder. Longmen, Luoyang, Henan, China.

Interesante historia. Asi que en Vietnam no hay muchos Budas de pie. Por lo menos quedan algunos en los museos para apreciar. Good

This rounded face Buddha seem to be done by unskilled sculptor, not during the golden period where the temple is located, Wat Phu, Champasak, southern Laos, a pre-angkor stone hindu temple. The Buddha image was added on probaby no long ago, perhaps last century when Buddhism was florishing around Indochina. The basic face features were simplified, not much structure, just rounded and add on the ear and nose. Eyes are simply too small. Its make of cement and not craft out from stone. The headdress, supposedly the bund, turned into a conical hat like. There are 3 other smaller version placed in front of this large one.

Giac Lam Pagoda is one of the oldest Buddhist temple (1744) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Most temples are called pagoda, because in actual fact they did built a pagoda, the highest structure, within the compound. Vietnam are very much chinese influenced. The centre piece in this pagoda is one slightly larger than life-size, 200 years old wooden Buddha placed in the main hall, surrounded by many little ones. The Buddha are sculpt with feature borrowed from China. It has a well rounded face, double chin and this one spotted a double upper lip which is supposed to symbolis his moustache. His robe here is very typical chinese style and covered both shoulder, unlike the burmese, thai, cambodia and indonesia, where they are made like the present monk robe, covering the left side of the shoulder.

fantástica serie. felicidades... un saludo desde canarias

Thanks Kieth,

Before this statue there are hundreds of life size buddhas sitting in a open space. There is indication that they are sponsored by the Korean. The statue should have been completed by now.

Jim

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