These are a few more good photos from Luoyang’s Longmen Grottoes and the Luoyang Museum in Luoyang, Henan, one of China’s great ancient capitals.
The North side as seen from the South side of the Yi river. The giant Fengxian cave is the one on the middle.
This shows how much these caverns filled up the cliffside. There was a fair amount of climbing involved to see everything.
There were countless small caverns with multiple statues such as this.
There’s a main Buddha statue with several figures standing by the side, and many smaller sitting Buddhas around him, with a row of tiny figures on the top.
I swear this Buddha is smiling right at the camera.
A row of small figures with a row of tiny figures beneath.
Statues of famous monks lined part of the South bank of the Longmen Grottoes.
Luoyang has a history stretching back thousands of years ago and its museum exhibits reflect this. These objects are from the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC), the second dynasty in Chinese history. There were artifacts from the first one too, the Xia Dynasty (2000-1600BC).
A man taming a horse. A lot of the pottery depicted scenes from life, unlike most pottery which are just normal staid objects.
This procession was buried in the tomb of a member of royalty or nobility.
A band of musicians and a dancer, from the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).
A bronze ding that’s over 2,000 years old from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC).
A fine example of the famous Tang Dynasty tricolor glazed pottery horses. It was quite big and there were several of these on exhibit.
A garbage bin at the Longmen Grottoes. At the museum afterwards, I would see a frog statue that resembled this.