Mummified Monk Found Inside Chinese Buddha Statue
A remarkable study carried out recently in the Netherlands has revealed that a Chinese’s Buddha statue actually contains the remains of a mummified monk. The statue dates from c. 1050-1150 AD and is believed to hold the body of a Chinese Buddhist master, Liuquan.
Mummified Monk Sits Inside 1,000-year-old Buddha Statue
A special examination conducted in the Meander Medical Centre in Netherlands found that a Buddha statue dating back to the 11th or 12th century encases the mummified remains of a monk.
Erik Bruijn, an expert in the field of Buddhist art and culture and guest curator at the World Museum in Rotterdam, had led the study which determined that the mummy was that of Buddhist master Liuquan, who belonged to the Chinese Meditation School. A CT scan and endoscopy were carried out by Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, Netherlands Times reported.
The discovery is of great cultural significance, not only because it is one of a kind, but also because rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing were found inside the statue. Read more.