Archaeologists believe the standing Buddha was carved during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). If this is right, then the piece should be about 400 years old, they said.
Sadly, there is no known record of who sculptor was and why the carving was made. It is still a mystery waiting to be solved. The “Encyclopedia of China” listed this Buddha among the ten biggest Buddhas in the world. The carving has an invaluable artistic, cultural and research value. Yet, the book had nothing to include about it’s origin.
The government of China has teamed up with other historic preservation societies looking for answers.