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Ancient Buddha statue carved from meteorite that crashed about 15,000 years ago

Andrea Divirgilio / September 28, 2012

Chiseled from an iron-meteorite, the remnant of the meteorite ‘Chinga’ which originally crashed some 15,000 years ago into the border areas between Siberia and Mongolia, here’s an ancient Buddhist statue with extraterrestrial origin. Known as the Iron Man, this 9.5-inch high statue which bears a ‘swastika’ on its chest was originally discovered back in 1938, by an expedition aided by Reichsführer-SS chief Heinrich Himmler, one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany, and led by Zoologist Ernst Schäfer, which roamed in Tibet to search for ‘Aryanism’ roots. This mysterious Buddhist statue with history that sounds more like an Indiana Jones plot, was actually brought back to Germany by the expedition team, where it became the part of a private collection in Munich, and was only made available for scientists to analyze after it was auctioned back in 2007. Though, it’s still a mystery about how the sculpture was unearthed.

Ancient Buddha sculpture carved from meteorite that crashed about 15000 years ago

Now, after the very first scientific study of the Iron Man’s origins by scientists/experts from Stuttgart University, they have figured out that the statue is made of ataxite, which is a rare type of iron meteorite with high content of nickel.

Ancient Buddha sculpture carved from meteorite that crashed about 15000 years ago

Weighing about 23 pounds, the Iron Man is believed to have originated from the 11th century Bon culture, depicting the ancient god Vaisravana, the Buddhist King of the North, who is historically known in Tibet as Jambhala.

It’s interesting to note that this rare Iron Man statue is the only known human figure illustration to be carved into a meteorite.

Although, the other meteorites are also known to have inspired worship from many ancient cultures, but the Iron Man statue is just incredibbly unique. Its believed to be valued at $20,000 but considering it’s age and rarity, this space collectible is worth so much more. We have earlier also told you about the world’s most famous meteorites sold at auctions.

Ancient Buddha sculpture carved from meteorite that crashed about 15000 years ago

Another rare meteorite which is slated to go up for sale in New York on 14th October, includes Dar al Gani (DaG) 1058, the fourth largest piece of Moon, which is expected to fetch $380,000.

Via: Discovery

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