Pilu Cave in Sichuan: A millennia-old cultural legacy

Statues of Buddha are pictured at the Pilu Cave in Anyue County, Sichuan Province. /IC 

Statues of Buddha are pictured at the Pilu Cave in Anyue County, Sichuan Province. /IC 

The sculpture of Zizhu Guanyin is pictured at the Pilu Cave in Anyue County, Sichuan Province. /IC 

The sculpture of Zizhu Guanyin is pictured at the Pilu Cave in Anyue County, Sichuan Province. /IC 

A carving of Buddha leaning on an armrest is seen at the Pilu Cave in Anyue County, Sichuan Province. /IC 

A carving of Buddha leaning on an armrest is seen at the Pilu Cave in Anyue County, Sichuan Province. /IC 

Buddhist statues are seen at the Pilu Cave in Anyue County, Sichuan Province. /IC 

Buddhist statues are seen at the Pilu Cave in Anyue County, Sichuan Province. /IC 

Buddhist statues are pictured at the Pilu Cave in Anyue County, Sichuan Province. /IC 

Buddhist statues are pictured at the Pilu Cave in Anyue County, Sichuan Province. /IC 

Perched atop Tazishan Mountain in Anyue County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Pilu Cave is adorned with over 400 surviving cliffside stone sculptures meticulously carved by craftsmen during the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Among its renowned sculptures is the Zizhu Guanyin, the “purple bamboo bodhisattva of great mercy,” housed within the Guanyin Hall. Sheltered by a grove of purple bamboo, this divine figure, carved during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), has endured for over a millennium. It stands as a testament to ancient craftsmanship and spiritual reverence, captivating admirers both locally and globally.