t just invaluable repositories of Buddhist art, the artifacts also illuminate the historical and cultural interactions a
上海后花园女神会所mong the world’s civilizations. They were created amid some of the most open periods in Chinese history,” Zhang said.
Building on the conservation support it received from the United States, France
and other countries starting in the 1980s, the academy has since extended its rese上海后花园
arch work to other developing areas, Zhang said. Zhang himself led a multidisciplinary research trip to the Ba
miyan Buddhist statues site in Afghanistan last year. The Taliban turned the statu
上海后花园女神会所es into rubble in 2001 and the international community has been discussing how to restore them ever since.
“Our researchers have gone to India, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. We are going out and opening more doors to cultural inter
action, sharing our knowledge that traces back to Dunhuang’s place on the Silk Road,” he said.上海后花园
Zhang Yuanlin, chief librarian and director of the center for research on the Silk Road and Dunhuan
上海后花园女神会所g at the academy, said the Mogao Caves are fascinating examples of the cultural, religious and soci
al interaction that China hosted in ancient times through its role as a trading hub.
The cave artifacts depict artistic elements beyond India, and Central and Wes上海后花园
tern Asia, to encompass influences from as far away as Greece and Rome, he said.
One cave mural of a horse-riding solar deity上海后花园
resembles the Apollo of Greek mythology, the Mithra sun god of Persian Zo
上海后花园女神会所roastrianism and the Surya sun god of the Vedic religion, according to Zhang Yuanlin.
Another cave contained images of 12 ecliptical signs, with some resembling Western descr
iptions of zodiac constellations such as Scorpius, Gemini, Cancer and Pisces, he said.