Notes on the Geography of China: Tian Long Shan: Photo 8
Right! Or wrong, as the case may be. The structure, the Manshan Pavilion, is a protective envelope added during the Ming Dynasty to the carvings, made much earlier, during the Tang. The figures here include a 33-foot Maitreya, the future Buddha. He sits behind Avalokiteshvara (=Guanyin), the Compassionate Buddha, around whose head are 10 subsidiary heads, suggesting that he sees everything.
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