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11) The Buddha preaching the law. Wall painting at Tun-huang, western China. Cave 249, Northern Wei, about 450 AD. Another important subject matter at Tun-huang, perhaps the most important, were large devotional scenes showing the Buddha preaching to large crowds of the assembled faithful. These often, as here, showed lesser divinities surrounding the Buddha; they could also, especially later, include a portrait of the cave patron, the one who gave money for the construction and upkeep of the cave. The "blue" style of his cave is characteristic of fifth century work at Tun-huang.

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