|Back home: The Mễ Sở Pagoda Buddha statue before it was stolen. — Photo giacngo.vn|Viet Nam News
HƯNG YÊN — The Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue stolen from Mễ Sở Pagoda in the northern province of Hưng Yên has been found by the side of National Highway 5B, Nguyễn Đông Bình, head of Mễ Sở Commune, said.
The Buddha statue has 1,113 eyes and 1,113 hands. It was stolen on September 29. The 1.93m-high statue was made in the early 19th century from jackfruit wood. It weighs more than 100kg. This is the second time the statue was stolen.
The case also attracted public attention because the statue has been praised as the most refined and beautiful Buddha of the three Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva masterpieces in the country. It’s a holy object for local people.
Bình said on Saturday the burglars broke off all the statue’s hands to make it easier to carry. But they were afraid they couldn’t escape with the statue, so they left it on the road after hiding it for several days.
Authorities will continue investigating to find the burglars. Meanwhile, local artisans and cultural experts are repairing the statue. — VNS