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Cave Art of China

Apsaras are often depicted as flying figures in the mural paintings and sculptures of Buddhist cave sites in China such as in the Mogao Caves, Yulin Caves, and the Yungang and Longmen Grottoes. They may also be depicted as dancers or musicians. They may be referred to as feitian in Chinese.

  • Apsaras dance taken from the 12th century Bayon temple at Angkor in Cambodia.

  • Apsaras are depicted on the base of the Tra Kieu Pedestal, a work of 10th c. Cham art.

  • Apsara from Yulin Caves near Dunhuang, China

  • Apsara Surasundari in Borobudur

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