Ancient statues of Buddha unearthed in Kalay District

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Ancient Buddha statues found in Kalay District, Sagaing Region.  Photo: Chindwin Thar

DOZENS of ancient Buddha statues were discovered in Pathe (North) Village, Minkin Township, Sagaing Region, by residents earlier this month, according to a resident.
About 50 Buddha statues made of bronze, silver and marble, some of them portrayed with their legs folded into a cross-legged position, were found buried in the ground of agricultural land owned by U Lone Orr located near a basic education high school.
One of villagers said that the heads of the Buddha statues first appeared after a pig dug up of the land under a large tree with his nose. Residents then unearthed a bronze and two marble statues over one feet in height, followed by 47 other statues.
Those statues are now
being honoured by residents at a monastery in Pathe Village.
Sitting, standing and reclining styles are the three major iconographic postures of Buddha images and statues in Myanmar.


Chindwin Thar

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