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Ancient Mural Discovered in Tibetan Monastery

LHASA, September 10 -- A mural dating back to the 11th century was recently discovered at the Sagya Lamasery in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

The mural covers walls on two stories in a temple of the Sagya Lamasery with a total area of 190 square meters. It mainly features a Buddha image set off by clouds, flowers and grass, birds, animals, mountains and rivers.

It was discovered by experts from the Dunhuang Research Institute when they were repairing the monastery.

Wang Wanfu, deputy director of the Protection Institute under the Dunhuang Research Institute, said the murals in the Sagya Lamasery are as beautiful as those in the No. 465 cave of Dunhuang- based Mogao Grottoes.

Built in 1073, the Sagya Lamasery, located 450 km west of Lhasa, has long enjoyed almost the same fame as the Dunhuang Grottoes for its large collection of Buddhist scriptures, valuable porcelain and vivid wall paintings dating back to nearly 1,000 years ago. It is believed to be the birthplace of Sagyapa (Stripped Sect) of Tibetan Buddhism.

-- source: Xinhua News Agency

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