Stephanie Fox ANT 103 30 March 2011 Statues of the Buddha from Qingzhou, China In China’s northeast province of Shandong in the city of Qingzhou some beautifully decorated Buddha’s were found buried in the dirt. Over 400 statues of Buddha’s were found in the pit that still contained some of their color pigments they had been decorated with. There is also gold leaf on areas on the Buddha’s suggesting that the Buddha’s gave off a light to those in its religion. This would make the people who believed in the faith feel a sense of empowerment. The discovery of these statues makes Archaeologists understand that the ancient city of Qingzhou did actually have Buddhist faith. During different periods the Buddha’s were shown in different ways. In the Northern Wei rulers the Buddha’s did not have Indian dress and wore robes. The Eastern Wei started the Buddha’s towards a more sensual fashion. The Northern Qi showed the Buddha’s in garments that showed a lot more skin and were decorated with jewelry.
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