North Binyang Cave

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North Binyang Cave interior. The rear and north walls are visible. (May, 2004)

North Binyang Cave (simplified Chinese: 宾阳北洞; traditional Chinese: 賓陽北洞; pinyin: Bīnyáng Běi Dòng) is cave number 104 at the Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang, Henan, China.

History[edit]

Initiated by order of Emperor Xuanwu of the Northern Wei in honour of his parents Emperor Xiaowen and Empress Wenzhao, the cave was not completed until the Tang.

Features[edit]

The main image is an Amitabha with a patterned halo. Dragon-head shaped column bases dating from the Northern Wei flank the cave entrance. Other figures are also present (possibly bodhisattvas).

Nearby caves[edit]

Middle Binyang Cave and South Binyang Cave are adjacent to the south.

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