Ming Dynasty Buddha Statue Discovered in East China

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Published on 14 January 2017

Archeologists in east Chinas Jiangxi Province recently discovered a Buddha statue which dates back hundreds of years to the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 AD).

The well-preserved statue was found in a reservoir in the provinces Fuzhou City. A lower water level recently revealed a Buddha head and the top of an archway which was visible just above the water surface.

"The exposed Buddha head belongs to Shakyamuni (the Gautama Buddha), who sits on a lotus flower. As we can see, the Buddha statue is well preserved. We also discovered two slants of temple roofs on the cliff face. That means there must have been temple constructions here in the early Ming Dynasty," said Xu Changqing, director of Jiangxi Provincial Institute of Archeology.

The archeologists also detected remnants of temple construction under the water using sonar technology. The remnants could be the temple mentioned in the travel records of the renowned 17th century Chinese travel writer and geographer Xu Xiake.

Archeologists believe that further exploration of the site could yield precious information about the regions cultural development during the Ming Dynasty.

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