China: A 600-year-old Buddha statue has been discovered in a reservoir in east China’s Jiangxi Province after water levels fell during renovation work.
A mysterious Buddha statue has recently emerged from a lake in Fujian Province in China leaving local archaeologists baffled as to its origins.
The Buddha’s head sits against a cliff and gazes serenely over the body of water. It has attracted many tourists as well as locals, who see it as an auspicious sign.
Archaeologists said the statue could date back to Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
“A preliminary study of the statue suggests it was probably built during early Ming Dynasty, maybe even earlier as the Yuan Dynasty,” Xu Changqing, director of the Research Institute of Archaeology of Jiangxi province, told CNN in a phone interview.
The statue is potentially just the tip of an untapped archaeological treasure trove. A base of a temple hall was also found under the water. Local records suggest the reservoir was located on the ruins of an ancient town called Xiaoshi.
The ancient relic, believed to be from the 14th century, was found in Nancheng County.
after the water in the Hongmen reservoir (Zuixian Lake) was significantly lowered.
Government-run Xinhua News Agency reported that a renovation of a hydropower gate late last year decreased the level of water in the lake for over 30 feet.
A 600-year-old Buddha statue
Local villagers reportedly discovered the ancient religious artefact when the head became partially exposed just above the lake’s surface.
The statue, which appears to bear the resemblance of the Gautama Buddha.
the Gautama Buddha’s statue intricately carved on a cliff wall with carvings of an imperial decree.