Statues Carved on Cliffs
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Statues carved on cliffs mainly comprise statues associated with Buddhism. They are usually located in the open air or in a shallow niche. They often exist in groups or are in a cave. The rock masses used for carving are generally thick, easy to carve and resistant to weathering, such as quartz sandstone, limestone and dolomite. Typical examples include the Maitreya Buddha statue (Cretaceous sandstone) in the Leshan Lingyun Temple, Sichuan Province, and the cliff statues at Kongwang Mountain in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province (Fig. 40).
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