National Geographic : 1938 Mar
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © National Geographic Society Painting by Mary Augusta Mullikin SERENE MANJUSRI, WITH BENT WAND IN HAND, PERSONIFIES WISDOM Throughout the caves, as on the pilasters at the side, the craftsmen crowded their stone "canvases" with figures. Buddhas and angels vary in height from a few inches to 50 feet. Leaf-shaped halos separate individual figures in the massed carvings. Much of the rock was covered with gesso, or plaster, to fill irregularities and to form a basis for the paint.