China has many stone caves of great historic interest. This is the famous Pochuklik Cave?
China has many stone caves of great historic interest. This is the famous Pochuklik Cave of a Thousand Buddhas in Sinkiang's Turfan Basin.
Buddhist monks used to lead a life of prayer and meditation in these caves. The structure, interior decoration, sculpture, and murals in these caves provide important material for research into the production and livelihood of the people in those days.
The Pochuklik Cave murals were painted by artists from 206 BC to 1,270 AD.
A good number of the murals were stolen or destroyed by the British and Japanese imperialists.
As one of the measures to preserve these precious cultural relics, teachers and students of the Central Art Academy have arrived to copy the murals.
This mural, which is known as 'The Great Unity of Nationalities' shows that Sinkiang was a multi-national region more than two thousand years ago.
The group of artists have made over a hundred facsimiles, covering a space of over 200 square metres. The ancient works of art in the Pochuklik Cave are shining in all their splendour as they are preserved by the state.