September 28, 2012 11:41
Modern scholars have rediscovered the statue, found in 1938: a small figure of the Buddhist god guardian discovered Nazi expedition was cut out of the fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth 15,000 years ago, somewhere in Siberia or Mongolia. The Germans were unaware of the value they found the exhibit — it was enough that the dress was decorated with the Buddhist god swastika.
The history of the statue of the god Vayshravany more like a science fiction movie or the plot of Indiana Jones, says BBC. Modern researchers from Austria and Germany suggest that the statue was in the XI century in Tibet. God figure 24 centimeters in height and weighing about 10 kilograms was originally gilded, and its creators had no idea how to deal with rare material.
"Less than 0.1% of all meteorites and less than 1% of the iron meteorites are ataxites, so this is a rare type of meteorite, which only can be found," — said of the material from which made the image Vayshravany, an employee of the University of Stuttgart Elmar Buchner.
The value of the figures found no idea and Nazi scientists who found the statue during the expedition to Tibet. In the east, the Germans were looking for evidence that the Aryan race is from the region, says The Guardian. Therefore figure Vayshravany swastika was a great find, although the Tibetan symbol, put into service by the Nazis in the 20th century, was considered a sign of good luck in ancient times.
Following the discovery of the statue was kept in a private collection in Germany, and up to 2007 for her were not aware. But then the owner offered to explore a figure that was nicknamed Iron Man, reports Fox News.
The results were staggering, and scientists do not undertake to give even an approximate value of the statuette. "Iron Man — the only image of a man cut from the meteorite, so we have nothing to compare it to determine the value," — said Buchner. And there are a lot of knives and jewelery made of such materials.
Buddhist Vayshravana god — the god of wealth and war, which is often depicted with a lemon (symbol of wealth) or a bag of money in his hand. Iron Man also holds in the palm of an object, resembling a lemon.