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The Xiangtangshan Caves Project was conceived as a collaborative initiative to further the understanding of the rich art and visual culture of the late Northern Dynasties Period in early medieval China. Numerous important archeological finds and reports of long-abandoned caves and other sites from this period in recent decades have awakened international scholarly interest, particularly in the Northern Qi dynasty (550-577) that produced a large body of important works of art during its brief existence. A central achievement of the period is the complex of Buddhist caves of Xiangtangshan and their stone sculptures, created near the Northern Qi capital with official sponsorship. Unfortunately, the cave shrines are now severely damaged and the sculptures and fragments of carvings from the cave sites scattered around the world. The Xiangtangshan Project has sought to acquire a better understanding the caves in broader narratives of the art and visual culture of the Northern Qi period and of the history of Buddhism in China. Its components and objectives were to 1) to conduct collaborative research, 2) to create a digital database of images and information on the cave and sculptures of Xiangtangshan, and 3) to present of the results of research with digital reconstruction of the caves, an exhibition, and international conferences. This website serves as a database of the project's results and a resource for future research.

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