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Ancient Buddhist cliff carvings found in Sichuan Province

Date: 2019.08.27 Author: Celia Tang

Recently, the relics of Buddha figure carvings found at Bangbang Village of Baiyu County in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in the southwest part of China's Sichuan Province. The relics of Buddhist cliff carvings can be dated back to about 1,200 years ago, according to the local authorities.


This is the first time in Sichuan’s history to find the Buddha figure carvings. Archaeologists believe that these cultural relics were created during the late Tibetan Tubo Kingdom period (about 618-842) based on their style. 


According to Luo Wenhua, the director of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Relics Institution of Palace Museum, the style of the carvings are very similar to the Tubo stone carvings, which are discovered in some places in Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province before.


The discovery of the carvings may provide evidence to prove that the ancient road linking the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the Tibetan Tubo Kingdom is not a single road but a road network.

The carvings also provide important materials to rethink the distribution of cliff carvings from the Tibetan Tubo Kingdom.