Statues discovered underneath Vietnamese temple

Four statues have been discovered underneath a 700-year-old pagoda in Viet Nam’s Quang Binh province.

Ancient statues discovered under Quang Binh pagoda
Viet Nam News, 13 December 2014

Four statues were found in central Quang Binh Province during an excavation conducted for the restoration of a 700-year-old Buddhist pagoda.

The statues, three wooden and one bronze, were found under the foundation of the ancient Hoang Phuc Pagoda in the province’s My Thuy Commune. These depicted men wearing feudal Mandarin-style clothes with complicated carvings.

Each wooden statue weighed approximately 40kg and was measured to be 50cm tall. The bronze statue was smaller, weighing only 3kg.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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