Buddha statue made of meteorite

Buddhist statue found in 1938 in Tibet expedition, organized by the authorities of Nazi Germany, was carved from a piece of iron meteorite that fell on the border of Mongolia and Siberia about 15,000 years ago. An interesting fact is that on the chest of Buddha adorns the German swastika …

Statue of one of the four Buddhist "heavenly kings" who keep the compass — Vaishravana, the keeper of the north, was found during the Tibetan expedition led by German zoologist and SS officer Ernst Schäfer (Ernst Schaefer). This trip was organized with the support of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler.

The circumstances under which the expedition found an iron statue weighing 10.6 kg and age of about 1000 years, are unknown. Scientists believe that the expedition has attracted the attention of a large swastika on the chest of the deity. In Germany, the statue was in a private collection, and came to the attention of scientists after the auction in 2009.

A group led by Elmer Buchner (Elmar Buchner) from the University of Stuttgart, the first had the opportunity to examine the statue.

"The content of the basic elements (iron, nickel, cobalt) and impurities (chromium, gallium, germanium) indicates that to create artifact-iron meteorite unused ataxia with high nickel content (about 16% by weight) and cobalt (0.6% weight). In addition, the presence of platinum group elements … indicates its meteoritic origin "- the article says.

Chemical analysis allowed the scientists say that the statue could be made from a fragment of a meteorite Ching, fragments of which were first found in Russia's Tuva in 1912. This meteorite is a rare type of ataxites that are high in nickel.

According to Buchner, some fragments of the meteorite could be found long before the previously known findings.

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