A Full Beard and Trousers Meteorite Nazi Buddha Exposed as Likely Fake

The discovery sounded like a sensation: A statue of a Buddha, allegedly 1,000 years old and collected by the Nazis in Tibet, had been carved out of a piece of meteorite. Now, however, it looks as though only the latter detail is true. The work is likely a fake produced at some point during the 20th century.
Meteorite, yes. Ancient, no.

Meteorite, yes. Ancient, no.

Foto: AFP/ Uni. Stuttgart/ Elmar Buchner
With reporting by Nina Weber
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