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Mummy in Statue of Buddha Revealed by CT Scan Was Monk

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 06:47 AM

A mummy found inside a Buddhist statue after a CT scan is believed to be the remains of Liuquan, a Buddhist master of the Chinese Meditation School who died around the year 1100.

The findings were first reported in December after researchers from the Meader Medical Center in The Netherlands did a CT scan of the statue, but the news didn't gain traction until the scientific journal Irish Archaeology followed up with a story over the weekend, according to USA Today.

"The mummy is the mummified body of the Buddhist master Liuquan, who belonged to the Chinese Meditation School," wrote the NL Times' Jenene Van Jaarsveldt in a December story. "The discovery of the mummy is of great cultural significance. It is not only the only one of its kind, but also the only Chinese Buddhist mummy that is available for scientific research in the West."

LiveScience.com reported the statue landed in the hands of a private collector in 1996, and the collector attempted to get some chips and cracks fixed along its gold-painted exterior. The restorer called in to make the corrections discovered human remains beneath the statue's knees when it was removed from its pillows.

"He looked right into the bottom of this monk," said Vincent van Vilsteren, an archaeology curator at the Drents Museum in The Netherlands, where the mummy was on exhibit last year. "You can see part of the bones and tissue of his skin."

NBC News reported that researchers determined that the monk went through something called self-mummification – a process that involved being buried alive inside of a chamber while meditating.

"The object is a rarity," Wilfried Rosendahl, head of the German-Mummy-Project at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim told NBC News.

The CT scans showed that Liuquan was between 30 to 50 years old and the remains were likely kept in a monastery for 200 years before he was covered by paper and enamel to make a statue. The statue can currently be seen at the Natural History Museum in Budapest.

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