Baisha Fresco in Baisha Ancient Town

Baisha Ancient Town is located about 10 kilometers north of Lijiang City, facing Yulong Snow Mountain in the north, Longquan in the south, and Zhishan Mountain in the west. It is an ancient town, the original settlement of the Naxi people in Lijiang Dam, and the birthplace of the Mujiang toast of Lijiang. During the Ming Dynasty, the Mu s Toast in Lijiang was in its heyday, the political situation was stable, and the economy was more prosperous to show its wealth. Therefore, a large number of large-scale building groups were built in Daying Palace.

The existing Ming Dynasty murals in temples such as Baisha Liuli Temple, Dabaoji Palace and Dadingge are extremely precious cultural relics. They belong to provincial key cultural relics protection units and have been approved as national key cultural relics protection units. The largest of the Lijiang murals is the mural of Dabaoji Palace. The Dabaoji Palace is a three-in courtyard, with thick beams and pillars, and a strong bucket arch, which has a distinctive Ming style architectural style. The murals of the Great Treasure Palace were painted during the Ming and Wanli years. There are 12 paintings in total, the largest being 2.07 meters high and 4.48 meters wide, with 167 figures. The mural content is a religious subject. It is different from other religious paintings. The most prominent feature is that in the same mural, there are not only Buddhist and Taoist Buddha images, but also religious Buddha images. This is a combination of various denominations. Painting style is very rare.

Baisha mural art style combines Han and Tibetan painting arts, and has a unique combination of various religious cultures and artistic schools. The layout of the painting is thorough, the pen is rigorous, the colors are rich, the shapes are accurate, and the characters are realistic, with the ruggedness of Dongba paintings, strong color contrast, uniform lines and brushwork. The four charming Guanyin in Dading Pavilion are charmingly charming and full of human touch; the lively and robust flying paintings, other natural scenery such as running horses, blooming lotuses, and mountain forests, houses, flowers, birds, and insects are all depicted very well vivid.

According to historical records, Lijiang murals, represented by the Dabaoji Palace, were successively painted in the period of more than 300 years from the early Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. At that time, a group of Han painters led by Li Ma Xiaoxian, as well as Tibetan and Bai painters, Dongba disciples, and Taoist disciples also participated in the mural drawing work. Therefore, the styles of the murals are different, combining the traditional techniques of Central Plains and Tibetan and Naxi paintings.

Baisha murals are deeply attracted by domestic and foreign tourists with their unique painting art style and precious historical and cultural connotations. There are endless stream of tourists visiting here every day.

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