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Notes on the Geography of China: Foguang Temple: Photo 26

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Again from Liang's description in Fairchild: "The huge doors were at once thrown open for us. The interior, seven bays in width, was more than impressive in the twilight. On a large platform, seated statues of Buddha and his numerous attendants rose before us like an enchanted deified forest" (p. 94). In Chinese Architecture,, he writes, "What makes the Main Hall even more of a treasure is the presence within of sculpture, painting, and calligraphy, all of the same date." "On the large platform," he writes, "is a pantheon of nearly three dozen Buddhas and Bodhissatvas of colossal and heroic size.... Thus in a single building are found examples of all four of the plastic arts of the T'ang dynasty. Any one of them would be proclaimed a national treasure; and the assemblage of all four is an unimaginable extravagance." The bars are presumably a recent addition. Photography is again prohibited except from outside the building.

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