Lapis Lazuli Carving, China, 20th century, depicting Buddha seated in padmasana on a lotus throne, with a serene smile on his face, wearing loose robes opened at the chest and holding a jar above his upturned feet, ht. 10 1/2 in
Yungang Grottoes - Datong, Shanxi, China. The site is an outstanding example of Chinese stone carvings from the 5th and 6th centuries. All together the site is composed of 252 grottoes with more than 51,000 Buddha statues and statuettes. by Around the World in 480 Days
Not minding being favored or dishonored, one watches the courtyard flowers bloom and fall. Not caring whether to leave or to stay, one follows the clouds on the far horizon as they roll and unfurl. ~Hong Zicheng . Hong Zicheng: 洪自诚; Hung Tzu-Ch’eng, 1572-1620 was a Chinese philosopher who lived during the end of the Ming Dynasty.