Illustration of a Preaching Scene, showing the Buddha with halo standing underneath a canopy, flanked by standing bodhisattvas and flying apsaras. Copied from a mural painting in Cave 249 in Mogao, near Dunhuang in Gansu province, dated to the Western Wei dynasty (535-556 AD). Artist: Chang Sa-na. Printed in colour on paper.
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