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Naxi Mural

Naix mural is the direct successor of Tang and Song dynasties mural art, is the most perfect form of Chinese fresco art, and is the art treasure of world's murals.The famous "Lijiang mural" was the product of open Naxi society during the Ming Dynasty. Its history has lasted for over 300 years from Ming to Qing dynasties. Late Ming and early Qing Dynasty is the heyday of Lijiang mural, more than five hundred years ago.

In this long period, Lijiang has experienced more than ten generations of headmen and flow of the rule from the officials. Among those headmen and officers, there were open-minded or fatuous persons, successful or frustrated persons, persons who believed in Buddhism or Taoism or Lamaism. Along with the ruler's favor, a variety of religions in Lijiang had alternate development process as one falls another rises; and the temples in Lijiang were sometimes prosperous and sometimes declining, hence, it directly affected the rise and decline of the mural.

Compared with the Dunhuang frescoes, the progress of the art achievement of Lijiang mural is significant. But if you have fine appreciation and comparison, Lijiang mural may be slightly better. If people say Dunhuang frescoes have started brilliant chapter of the beginning of Chinese mural, in that way, Lijiang mural has completed the treasure top of Chinese religious mural art.


The famous Lijiang mural painting in Ming dynasty is a peak in the Naxi painting history. These murals saved in temples in Lijiang county Baisha, Shuhe village, the contents are mostly Tibetan Buddhism, the central plain Buddhism and Taoist religious subjects, but also show the weaving, fishing, hunting, dancing of real life in that time, which filled with distinctive national characteristics and local color.
• Baisha Mural
Baisha Mural is located at Baisha Villages, 10km north of Lijiang. Although the traditional houses do not look impressive, this was the cradle of the Naxi culture and ancient capital of the Naxi Kingdom. Baisha mural is a component part of Lijiang world culture heritage, is one of the patterns of Lijiang Dongba culture, and is an indispensable part of Lijiang tourism. "Baisha Murals" is a product of the Naxi society in Ming dynasty, draw from Ming to Qing dynasty, it has lasted for over 300 years. Late Ming dynasty and the early Qing dynasty is the Lijiang mural boom period, more than five hundred years of history. Baisha mural is fusion of Han, Tibetan, Naxi painting style, has the high art level, is a precious cultural heritage.
• Dongba Mural
Dongba Mural is an important part of the Naxi Dongba culture. Yushui village Dongba mural wall gallery, with the Dongba painting technique, vividly and fully display Naxi nationality thought and wisdom, such as world outlook, the ideal and faith, production, living, etc. Dongba Murals which features deep Naxi Dongba culture is not only exquisite and durable, but also has very local ethnic characteristics. It can be used to collect or decorate; it is a work of art which has extremely collectible value.

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