National Geographic : 1927 Jun
AMONG THE PEOPLE OF CATHAY 701 Photograph by E. L . Estabrook THIS GIGANTIC DEITY GIVES COURAGE TO IER WORSHIPERS Kwan Yin, the beloved Goddess of Mercy, is also known as the Taking-away-fear Buddha. She sits in the temple of Tafotse, near Pinchow, Shensi Province, beside the 65-foot statue of the Great Buddha, whose fingers and nails may be seen at the left. Both figures were carved from a red sandstone cliff, smoothed with plaster, then painted and gilded. The two men seated at the base of the statue of the goddess provide a "yardstick" by which to measure the mammoth proportions of the figure.