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Big crowds check out marble buddha at Expo

06-30-2010 09:04 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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At the World Expo, more than one million visitors have checked out a Buddha statue inside the Urban Footprint Pavilion. This piece is a perfect example of how an art relic is not valued by its size, but by its extraordinary craftsmanship.

This lying Buddha, carved over two hundred years ago from white marble, was on exhibition at the Tibetan Museum before it graced the Urban Footprint Pavilion at the World Expo.

Chen Xiejun, director of Shanghai Museum, said, "It was very elaborately carved, and the white marble is also very rare for this genre."

Except for the rare material that it is carved from, the Buddha is also adored for its serene posture and expression. It's face and shoulders are glitterd with gold, while its crest was applied with indigo.

This lying Buddha, carved over two hundred years ago from white marble, was on exhibition at the Tibetan Museum before it graced the Urban Footprint Pavilion at the World Expo.
This lying Buddha, carved over two hundred years ago from white marble, was 
on exhibition at the Tibetan Museum before it graced the Urban Footprint 
Pavilion at the World Expo.

A spectator said, "I haven't seen such a perfect lying Buddha. Every detail is well made."

"It's very kind, with boundless beneficence," said a spectator.

Chen Xiejun, the director of the Shanghai Museum says, the Buddha has won thumbs up from all visitors.

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