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Researchers digitally restore colourful Buddhist statue

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A team of researchers from Japan have digitally restored an 8th-century Buddhist statue back to it’s colourful original appearance.

As a result of two years of research, the team used computer graphics technology to re-create the colors of the rich-colored patterns of the statue from the Tenpyo Period (729-749), based on pigments that remained on its surface. The restored colors also show peacock feathers used to encircle the “hidden” statue, which wields a “vajra” (thunderbolt) in his right hand.

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Story: Maoki Matsuyama, The Asahi Shimbun | Photo: Tokyo University of the Arts

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