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Seated Buddha statue flanked by sixteen seated arhat statues, Niche 36, Beishan Rock Carvings (北山石刻) Anderl, Christoph


This niche is located in Beishan Rock Carvings (北山石刻), Fowan (佛灣), Dazu (大足) District, Chongqing. The central Buddha image in a double-collar drooping cassock is seated with crossed legs on a lotus throne, holding a bowl with his left hand and his right hand touching his right knee. The halos behind his head and body are peach-shaped with flame patterns. There are eight seated arhat images on each side of the central Buddha statue, all wearing cross-collar robes and with circular halos. Their hand mudras and holding objects are not clear due to erosion. Some of the figures have short boots and small vases depicted in front of their seats. The heads of all arhats on the left and three on the right are lost. The arhat on the right edge is also damaged, leaving part of its robe. Descriptions of the photos: Overview of the niche [1] Close-up of the central Buddha statue [2] Surrounding environment of Niche 36. The niche facing it is Niche 20 [3] The eight arhat statues on the left of the Buddha image [4] Part of the arhat statues on the right of the Buddha image [5] Part of the arhat statues on the right of the Buddha image and the surrounding environment [6] Metadata created by: Sau Ling Wendy Yu.

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