Bud­dha statue with mummy to be re­turned

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A 1,000-year-old Bud­dha statue con­tain­ing a mum­mi­fied monk will be re­turned to China within a month, its Dutch owner said..

Ar­chi­tect Os­car van Overeem said the statue will be en­shrined in a tem­ple near Yangchun in Fu­jian prov­ince. He bought the relic for 40,000 Dutch guilders ($20,500) in 1996 from a col­lec­tor in Am­s­ter­dam who had ac­quired it in Hong Kong. He said the date for the re­turn of the statue hasn’t been agreed upon.

Res­i­dents in Yangchun say the statue may be the one that was stolen from the vil­lage in 1995, though van Overeem said he has proof that it didn’t come from there.

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