Restoration of Buddhist Statue Going Smoothly
The restoration of the ancient Buddhist statue, Qianshou (Thousand Hands) Guanyin sculpture in Southwest China is going smoothly and is set be done by the year 2014. The Bodhisattva is associated with compassion as told by East Asian Buddhists.
The statue is about 800 years old and was carved during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) on the Baosing Mountain in Dazu County. The Goddess of mercy statue was sculpted with 1,007 arms with one eye carved on each palm. The goddess statue was placed in a cave 7.7 meters high and 12.5 meters wide. The centuries were harsh to the statue, with its colors now faded some of its gold leaf peeling off. Cracks have also appeared and some of the statue’s fingers have fallen off .
The restoration work started in April is expected to cost 40 million yuan. There are more than 50,000 individual stone carvings in the Dazu grottos that date back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The stone carvings were listed as a major UNESCO world heritage site back in 1999.