National Geographic : 1938 Mar
BUDDHIST CALM SURVIVES ALONG CHINA'S GREAT WALL Sivnational uteograpnic society Painting by Anna M. Hotchkis WHILE THE HOLY MEDITATE, ELEPHANTS CALMLY SUPPORT PAGODAS ON THEIR BACKS Youthful figures called Bodhisattvas, twice life size, form a continuous frieze around the walls of Shih Chia Fo. The niche of each is separated by pilasters completely covered with heavenly worshipers. Whenever buildings were portrayed, as on the central shaft of the cave (right), the craftsmen carved Chinese-type structures. The Buddhas reflect Indian influence.