A CT scan has recently revealed that a Buddha statue is actually a tomb, containing the mummified remains of what scholars believe is the body of Buddhist master Liuquan, a monk who lived in the 1100’s. The statue is currently on display at Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands (exhibit info here). The exhibit marks the first time the ‘Buddha Mummy’ has even been seen outside of China.
The CT scan was performed at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort where doctors took samples of yet unidentified material and examined the thoracic and abdominal cavities as well as bone samples for DNA testing [source]. For more information visit Drents Museum.
Photograph above by M. Elsevier Stokmans
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