A 600-year-old Buddha emerges from the water in China
A 600-year-old statue was discovered in a reservoir, east of China’s Jiangxi province, after the water level dropped during a renovation work.
Beijing (CNN) – A statue of 600 – year-old was discovered in a reservoir in east China ‘s Jiangxi Province, after the water level down during renovation work.
A resident first saw Buda’s head last month when the water level dropped more than 10 meters during work on a hydroelectric gate, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.
The Buddha’s head is against a cliff and rests serenely on the body of water. It has attracted many tourists, as well as locals, who see the statue as a favorable sign.
Archaeologists say the statue could date from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
“A preliminary study of the statue suggests that it was probably built early in the Ming Dynasty, perhaps during the Yuan Dynasty,” said Xu Changqing, director of the Archaeological Research Institute of Jiangxi Province.
The statue is potentially only the tip of an unexplored archaeological treasure. A base of a temple room was also found under water. Local archives suggest that the reservoir is located in the ruins of an ancient city called Xiaoshi.
Xu said an underwater archeology team investigates both the ancient city and the statue, and works on a preservation plan.
The water helped protect the statue
Xu added that the fact that the statue was submerged in water helped to preserve the statue, which features a surprisingly detailed sculpture.
“If the statue had not been preserved in the water, it could have undergone oxidation or other risks, we recognize,” Xu added.
Many cultural relics were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution of the country in 1960, as a measure to get rid of everything old, feudal and superstitious.
The statue stands about 3.8 meters high and is carved into a cliff.
China is home to a large number of Buddha statues carved into cliffs and caves. The most famous of them is the Great Buddha of Leshan, the tallest Buddha statue in the world.
Guan Zhiyong, a local official, told Xinhua that the statue was built as a kind of spiritual protector to calm the fast flowing stream where two rivers converge.
Archaeologists say the statue could date from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). “A preliminary study of the statue suggests that it was probably built early in the Ming Dynasty, perhaps during the Yuan Dynasty,” said Xu Changqing, director of the Archaeological Research Institute in Jiangxi Province, according to CNN Spain.
With almost 4 meters of height, the statue is carved in a cliff and a team of submarine archaeologists, try to find out the existence of a city hidden by the waters. A fascinating discovery.