Statue of Buddha, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu, Nepal
Statue of Buddha (Shakyamuni) in Swayambhunath (also known as the Monkey Temple), a UNESCO World Heritage Site on top of Swayambhu hill on the western side of Kathmandu, Nepal.
© Feng Wei Photography
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A golden statue of a reclining laughing Buddha covered in small Buddhas
A golden statue of a reclining laughing Buddha covered in small Buddhas, Qinghefang Old Street in Wushan district of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, Asia
© Christian Kober
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Statue of Zeus in Ancient Olympia
Statue of Zeus in Olympia., coloured historical artwork. This statue was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and was 12 metres high inside the Temple of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. It was carved by the great sculptor Phidias and inlaid with ivory, ebony, gold and precious stones. The Olympic Games are thought to have originated in Olympia in 766 BC and had great religious importance, with contests alternating with sacrifices and ceremonies in honour of the god Zeus. The victors of the games were given wreaths made from the branches of an olive tree (left) that grew next to the Temple of Zeus (right). Artwork published in The Picture Magazine (1894).
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