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Vairocana Buddha in Liu Benzun tableau (Liu Benzun shilian ku 柳本尊十煉窟), Pilu dong 毗廬洞 Anderl, Christoph


The statue of Vairocana is situated in the middle of the Liu Benzun tableau (Liu Benzun shilian ku 柳本尊十煉窟) in Pilu cave (Pilu dong 毗盧洞), Anyue xian 安岳縣, Sichuan sheng 四川省. Photographs [1] and [2] show the overview of the Vairocana statue, who is sitting in a lotus position on a lotus seat. His mudra is similar to, but slightly different from, the knowledge fist mudra (Ch. zhiquan yin 智拳印). Two armored mallas (Ch. lishi 力士) suport the seat. Photo [3] shows details of Vairocana's head and crown. The centre of the crown is empty, unlike some Vairocana statues with a small statue of Liu Benzun in the center of the crown. Photographs [4] and [5] show details of the two mallas. References: Saunders, Ernest Dale, 1985. "The Principal Symbolic Gestures". in Mudra: a study of symbolic gestures in Japanese Buddhist sculpture. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, p. 102. Personal communication with Dr. Yang Xiaodong 杨晓东 (Sun Yat-sen University, China), May 28, 2022. Metadata created by Longyu Zhang (May 31, 2022).

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