The four-handed Buddha statue in the Linh Son Pagoda of the An Giang Province in Vietnam receives recognition for being the largest and oldest of its kind, dating to between the 2nd and 6th century. The statue was discovered almost a hundred years ago in Oc Eo. It looks like the statue has been painted on recently, as the paint would certainly have not lasted 14 centuries!
Oldest four-handed Buddha statue in Vietnam
Vietnam Net Bridge, 22 May 2009
The 1.7m high, four-handed Buddha statue at Linh Son Pagoda was created between the 2nd and 6th centuries. It is about to be recognised as the oldest and largest four-handed Buddha statue in Vietnam.
The statue was discovered in Oc Eo town, the southern province of An Giang province in 1913. Previously, local residents unearthed two schist-made steles carved with ancient scripts at the same place. Researchers said that these scripts may belong to the ancient Phu Nam people. Local people built Linh Son Pagoda to worship the statue and the two ancient stone steles.
Experts say that statue and the two ancient stone steles are Hindi, similar to the Ba Chua Xu statue on Sam Mountain in Chau Doc, An Giang.