The caves at Longmen, near Loyang in Henan province, were opened in 494 to mark the transfer of the Northern Wei capital to Loyang. When Buddhism became a popular religion, thousands of statues of Buddha were carved on the walls of caves. A few of those caves can be located near the city of Loyang, and are known as the Longmen caves or also the dragons gate. The sculptures there ranged in size and in one cave alone would be 10,000 statues of Buddha! The objective, however, was to gain religious merit for the ruler by reproducing and displaying the image of the Buddha; and at the same time to glorify and celebrate the ruler's power. The little boy left is about one meter tall.
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