CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

What looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the 11th or 12th century was recently revealed to be quite a bit more. A CT scan and endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, showed the ancient reliquary fully encases the mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School.

Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

While it was known beforehand the remains of a person were inside, another startling discovery was made during the scan: where the organs had been removed prior to mummification, researches discovered rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing.

(via Robs Webstek, Neatorama, Creators Project)

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