Over 1,000 Buddha statues found in China

In China’s north Shanxi Province, researchers have discovered over 1,000 Buddha statues in three stone caves in a mountain.

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The statues are believed to date back to the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Carved into the cave walls, these stone statues are rare for the Ming Dynasty as the production peak for Buddha statues was during the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420 – 589) as well as the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907).

The findings will be incorporated into research involving religious art in the region.

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