145 / Mogao Caves

A brick, in the Dunhuang museum

torches for the watch tower signals

there may have been captions, I didn't see them 

though I like the notes/lists or whatever they were 


& sketches

a Tang horse head with stirrup irons

a good copy of one of the caves, at the museum 

yet nothing prepares for the real thing ~
it was really deeply moving 
to be inside the actual caves

look how even the trees have eyes!
Have wanted to see Mogao since about 40 years.
The Dunhuang Academy is doing their best to restore & 
preserve them; the whole site is truly a great treasure.