A 3-D digital scan throws a Buddha statue’s carvings into sharp relief

A 3-D digital scan throws a Buddha statue’s carvings into sharp relief

A 3-D digital scan throws a Buddha statue’s carvings into sharp relief WASHINGTON (RNS) For nearly nine decades, the Cosmic Buddha statue stood alone at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art. Museum-goers would pass by the headless, handless statue, a relic of sixth-century China, without a second glance. Few came close enough to even notice the intricate scenes covering the entire stone surface whose paint had worn off. When exhibit curator Keith Wilson first arrived at the museum 10 years ago, he understood why the statue didn’t catch everyone’s eye.…

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