Artstor is collaborating with Northwestern University Academic and Research Technologies to share 20 images, including 7 Virtual Reality panoramas, documenting Buddhist sculpture at Shuilu’an Temple in Lantian, Shaanxi Province, China. The temple structure dates from the Tang Dynasty (c. 1000 CE) and the site is famous for its Ming Dynasty (c. 1500 CE) painted sculpture. The entire decorative program includes approximately 3,500 separate figures, representing many different forms of the Buddha, as well as scenes of the Buddha’s life. For this reason, Shuilu’an Temple is often referred to as “Little Dunhuang,” as if the two-dimensional murals painted in the Mogao caves in Dunhuang, Gansu Province, had been realized in three-dimensional sculpture.

To view the Shuilu’an Temple (Northwestern University) collection: go to the Artstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “Shuilu’an Temple (Northwestern University)” or enter the keyword search: “shuilu’an temple” or shuilu’an qtvr .

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Shuilu’an Temple (Northwestern University) collection page.

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