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Lijiang Murals

                             Lijiang Murals

Lijiang's murals are works of the Ming Dynasty,chiefly created from the Hongwu to the Wanli eras.They were originally distributed among the Juexiansi Temple and twelve others,nine of which fell to ruins.The remaining four temples have altogether 55 murals,with a total area of 139.22 sq.m.The biggest of them is in Dabaoji Palace.the figures depicted in it amount to 100,all disposed naturally and reasonably,with life-like miens expressing a variety of postures the whole gamut of emotions.The murals contained in the glazed chamber of the Dabaoji Palace are provincial cultural relic under enhanced preservation.

 

The murals in Dabaoji Palace are anonymous.According to the research of Lijiang's artists for many years,they might be regarded as the collective creation of the Ming painters during several hundred years,and is a crystal of are which mergres the painting style of the Naxi,Tibetan,bai and Han people.One of the distinctive features is the mixing together,in one mural,of the classic stories of Buddhism that came from Tibet(Lamaism) and the local people's own Buddhism adopted from India as well as Taoism. The paining technique is characterized by delicate and exquisite strokes containing the elements of condensation and compactness of the inland and Tibetan paining as well as the elements of boldness and dynamism of the Dongba painting and the Tibetan Lamaist painting.They are marked by strong contract of colours,vividness and truthfulness of features,plumpness of figures and elaborateness of production.