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Restoration on 800-year Buddhist statue complete

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05-07-2015 19:24 BJT

The restoration of a famous ancient Buddhist stone-carving statue in Chongqing has come to an end. The project lasted eight years and costs 50 million yuan.

The Qianshou Guanyin, or the Thousand-Hands Buddha, is located at Baoding Mountain in Chongqing. The statue was first carved in the early Tang Dynasty and during the Song Dynasty, more than 800 years ago.

Over the centuries, the sculpture's color has faded, some of the gold foil covering it has peeled off, and cracks have appeared. The 2008 Wenchuan earthquake caused more damage.

Experts say such a large-scale restoration is unprecedented in China.

Restoration on 800-year Buddhist statue complete

The restoration of a famous ancient Buddhist stone-carving statue in Chongqing has come to an end. The project lasted eight years and costs fifty million yuan.

"We spent more than three years on research and project planning. We found solutions and put them into the restoration in the latter four years. This is unprecedented in China and even abroad," expert Zhan Changfa said.

Specialists say that the statue had 830 hands, with one eye carved in each palm, but there were only 403 left. The restoration staff used high-tech, such as X-ray and 3D print to restore it.

"Many fingers are severely damaged, some are broken. We have to use an X-ray machine and other high-tech equipment to fix them. We have to not only maintain its original shape and color, but also reproduce the missing parts," said expert Huang Kezhong.

The restored statue is expected to open to the public June 13, the Chinese Cultural Heritage Day.

The restoration of a famous ancient Buddhist stone-carving statue in Chongqing has come to an end. The project lasted eight years and costs fifty million yuan.

The restoration of a famous ancient Buddhist stone-carving statue in Chongqing has come to an end. The project lasted eight years and costs fifty million yuan.

The restoration of a famous ancient Buddhist stone-carving statue in Chongqing has come to an end. The project lasted eight years and costs fifty million yuan.

The restoration of a famous ancient Buddhist stone-carving statue in Chongqing has come to an end. The project lasted eight years and costs fifty million yuan.


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