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Northern Zhou Period
White Marble Statue of Skt. Sakyamuni

This white marble statue of Buddha dates to the Northern Zhou period (557 to 581 AD). It was excavated at Caotan in Xi'an. Buddhism remained an active part of the religious scene in China after the end of the Han Dynasty, but would flower again under the Tang Dynasty. Sakyamuni (also spelt Shakyamuni) means "sage of the Shakya clan" and is one of many names for Buddha.

China Index >> Shaanxi History Museum >> Southern and Northern Dynasties 386 to 581 AD

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