Lost Buddha statue returns to north China's Shanxi Province

The restoration ceremony of a stone Buddha statue was held at the Tianlongshan Grottoes in Taiyuan City, north China's Shanxi Province, on Saturday. The head belonged to a Buddha statue in one of the caves at the Tianlongshan Grottoes and was retrieved in December 2020, becoming the first lost cultural relic brought back from Japan to the grottoes within almost a century.

The Buddha statue has chubby cheeks, with arched eyebrows, closing eyes and a peaceful smile, reflecting the aesthetic features at that time and the superior carving skills of the craftsmen, according to the curator of the Tianlong Mountain Grottoes Museum.

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