Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning

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Fengguo Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Yixian, Liaoning Province, China. The temple was first founded in 1020 during the Liao dynasty (915–1125), and grew quite large during the subsequent centuries.

Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Credit: Xinhua/Yao Jianfeng




Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Credit: Xinhua/Yao Jianfeng

Today, only two halls, two gates and a decorative arch survive. The most important surviving building is the Mahavira Hall, a very large hall that dates from 1020.

Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Credit: Xinhua/Yao Jianfeng




Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Conservation experts restore colour-painted clay sculptures at Fengguo Temple in Liaoning
Credit: Xinhua/Yao Jianfeng

The hall is notable for containing seven large Buddha sculptures, and other smaller sculptures, all dating from the Liao Dynasty.

Source: Xinhua News Agency [June 10, 2020]

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