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Principal Cave Types at Dunhuang
Author:by Lou Jie, Liang Xushu, and Huang Yuanwei Published:2014.3.23 Views:

1.Central Stupa-Pillar Cave

Fig.1.Plan and elevation of Mogao Cave 254. Northern Wei dynasty

Fig. 2. View of central stupa-pillar in Mogao Cave 254. Northern Wei dynasty (386-534).

2.Meditation Cave

Fig. 3. Plan and elevation of Mogao Cave 285. Western Wei dynasty (535-556).

Fig. 4. Rear wall of Mogao Cave 285. Western Wei dynasty (535-556).

3.Assembly Hall

Fig. 5. Plan and elevation of the replica of Mogao Cave 45. High Tang period (705-781).

Fig. 6. View of rear wall of Mogao Cave 45. High Tang period (705-781).

4.Nirvana Cave

Fig. 7. Plan and cross-sections of Mogao Cave 158. Mid-Tang period (781-848).

Fig. 8. View of the recumbent Buddha in the parinirvana scene along the west wall of Mogao Cave 158. Mid-Tang period (781-848).

5.Screened Altar Cave

Fig. 9. Plan and cross-sections of Mogao Cave 196. Late Tang period (848-907).

Fig. 10. Inside view of Mogao Cave 55. Song dynasty (920-1279); rebuilt in Western Xia dynasty (1038-1227).

6. Cave of Large Images

Fig. 11. Elevation of Mogao Cave 96. Early Tang period (618-705).

Fig. 12. Exterior view of Mogao Cave 96. Early Tang period (618-705).