Chinese experts have completed the restoration of a famous 800-year-old Buddha statue located in Chongqing after almost eight years of careful work.
According to the People’s Daily, the Category 1 National Relic known as the “Goddess of Mercy” or the “Thousand-hand Bodhisattva” has 1,007 arms and an eye in each palm.
The statue was carved some 800 years ago during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 to 1279 AD) on Mount Baoding in the present-day municipality of Chongqing.
Over the centuries, the statue’s color has faded, its gold foil covering has peeled off, several cracks have appeared and part of one of its fingers fell off in 2007.
The restoration project of the 7.7-meter-tall and 12.5-meter-wide statue began in 2008 and required the use of one million pieces of gold foil.
Dazu Rock Carvings museum director Li Fengyin told reporters that previous restorations had used gold gilding and applied mud and twine to repair the statue. This time round “the conservation team used the most advanced technology for the repairing work,” he said.
By Lucy Liu
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