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Close-up of donors' reliefs, west wall of Thousand Buddha cave (Qianfo dong 千佛洞), Pilu dong 毗廬洞 Anderl, Christoph


Rows of Buddha-like figures are carved in relief on the lower register of the west wall in the Thousand Buddha cave (Qianfo dong 千佛洞), Pilu cave (Pilu dong 毗盧洞), Anyue xian 安岳縣, Sichuan sheng 四川省. There are inscriptions of sponsors' names next to the reliefs. Photos [1], [17], and [18] show an overview of the west wall near the entrance. Photos [2] and [6] show details of five larger round niches carved on the top row. Photos [7] to [16] show smaller round niches. The donors' identities are preserved through the inscription of their names; most were female. Readable inscriptions are listed below: - "冉氏大", "□二□:, "刘氏三" are three figurative reliefs carved in the same niches, they might be siblings from the same families in photo [7] - "陳氏大" in photo [8]; - "□大临" in photo [9]; - "張子貝" in photos [10] and [13]; - "姜鳳枝" in photo [11]; - "刘氏三" in photo [12]; - "陳氏妙惠" in photo [14]; - "易氏妙" (性/住?) in photos [15] and [16]; - "桑朝海" with a painted image of the donor in photo [20]. The groups of reliefs located near the entrance date later than those located near the central altar (Personal communication with Dr. Dong Huafeng 董华峰, May 30, 2022). Metadata created by Huajie Fan (May 31, 2022)

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