Acme of Chinese Stone Carving: Longmen Grottoes’ Past and Present
By Wen Yucheng  Publisher: Encyclopedia of China Publishing House Co., Ltd
Paper Back
2024-02-01 | ISBN: 978-7-5202-1482-7
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Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Longmen Grottoes are lauded by UNESCO as the "apogee of the Chinese art of stone carving." Renowned scholar Liang Sicheng declared the statue of Lushena Buddha in the Longmen Grottoes "not merely the greatest among Longmen's statues, but the ultimate achievement of Tang Dynasty religious art." These grottoes stand as a testament to the peak of ancient Chinese civilization. Authored by Mr. Wen Yucheng, a leading authority on the Longmen Grottoes and the honorary president of the Longmen Grottoes Academy, this book offers an in-depth exploration of this extraordinary site. It delves into royal patronage, stone carving art, historical accounts, photographs, and ancient poems tied to the site. This multifaceted journey through time allows readers to appreciate the Longmen Grottoes' cultural significance from a historical perspective. It dissects the history of the grottoes from various angles. Readers can expect insightful analysis of the sculptures and inscriptions, alongside an appreciation for the beauty of ancient Chinese stone carving art. The inclusion of a wealth of precious photographs and historical documents further enriches the reading experience. By covering both the grand scale and minute details, history and present-day context, content and visual aspects, the book presents a truly comprehensive exploration of the Longmen Grottoes' captivating charm.