Lian Yingjun ed: TIANLONGSHAN SHIKU YISHU. (The Art of the Tianlongshan Grottoes). Beijing, 2012. 2, 469 pp. 187 pp. colour plates. Numerous b/w text illustrations. 29x22 cm. Cloth.
A very good visual survey of the Tianlongshan Buddhist cave complex located near the city of Taiyuan in China's Shanxi province. The 21 caves date from the Eastern and Northern Wei, Northern Qi, Sui and early Tang dynasties. The caves are sadly notable for the amount of sculpture that has been removed or damaged. The black-and-white text illustrations show sculptures (particularly heads of sculptures) that have been removed and are now in museum and private collections. Captions to the colour plates in English. Main text in Chinese.
Available, as of: 12/02/2018
Was item 172 in printed List 191.
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