Yungang “Cloud Ridge” Temple In Datong, the first Capital of the Northern Wei. At this site, more than 50 main caves were carved out of sandstone in the cliffs. At cave 20 is a colossal Buddha with attendant Buddha (Possibly Maitreya). Although he appears to be seated in a niche, he was originally in a cave that has since worn away. This Buddha represents the mesh of Indian and Chinese styles called Archaic Style. This Buddha is smiling, with his lips closed and turned up slightly in the corner. The interior caves are covered with relieved walls with sculptures of Buddhas of varying sizes. Many families (Especially of the upper class) commissioned shrines and reliefs.

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