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Cave Temples of Mogao at Dunhuang

The Mogao cave temples, near the ancient oasis region of dunhuang on China's fabled Silk Road, constitute one of the world's most significant sites of Buddhist art.  Founded by monks as an isolated monastery in the late fourth century, Mogao evolved into an artisitic and spiritual mecca renowned throughout China and central Asia.  Here, in some five hundred caves carved into rock cliffs on the edge of the Gobi desert, was preserved the pageantry of one thousand years- miles of wall paintings, more than two thousand statues, and tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts.

Cave Temples of Mogao tells the fascinating story of this remarkable site.

Walnut 004

7/8" wide x 5 1/4" wide x 3 1/2 " with lid on The design elements in this box include the narrow channels on all sides of the box, echoed by the same line cut into the handle.  This is predominantly walnut with birch splines in each corner...

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