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Mogao Grottoes Cave 012

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The construction of this middle sized hall cave with a truncated pyramidal ceiling was prior to the tenth year of Xiantong in the Late Tang (869) and it was renovated in the Five Dynasties.There is an ink inscription on the east wall above the entrance, which reads: "Spondored by Monk Suoyi, a Buddhist official from the Jinguangming Temple." There are altogether 10 sutra illustrations in the main chamber. The south and north sides out of the west niches repectively depict the illustrations of Samantabhadra and Manjusri. The upper part of the south wall is filled with the illustrations of the Lotus sutra, the Amitayur-dhyana Sutra, and the Maitreya sutra from west to east. The upper part of the north wall is filled with the Garland Sutra, Sutra of the Medicine Buddha, Sutra on the Questions of Devas, and The north and south of the entrance in the east wall are respectively the illustration of Vimalakirti sutra and Panikarasuttau sutra. The spaces below the illustrations on the south, north and east wall all are divided into three for four strips of screen paintings illustrating the stories in the corresponding sutras. The north and south walls of the corridor are painted with donor figures. The south and north side of the entrance wall in the front chamber respectively show the Virūdhaka (king of the south) and Vaisramana (King of the north).

Cave 012 PANORAMA


CAVE INFORMATION


CAVE NUMBER:
Mogao Grottoes Cave 012
CAVE FORM:
Ttruncated Pyramidal Ceiling
LOCATION SPECIFIC ORIGINAL:
Mogao Grottoes
LOCATION:
Dunhuang
DATA CREATION:
Dunhuang Academy
CONSTRUCTION TIME:
2012

    Content Navigation


    • Main Chamber
      East Wall
      South Wall
      West Wall
      North Wall
      East slope
      South slope
      West slope
      North slope
      Ceiling center
    • Corridor
      South wall
      North wall
    • Front Chamber
      South Wall
      West wall
      North wall
      Ceiling Center