Chai Mingchao, a Xiamen native in China's Fujian
Province, who hilariously messed up an illegal French auction
for two bronze zodiac heads looted by French and British
armies in the 19th century, is a high profile Chinese antiques
collector. Back in 2006, with over 100 million Hong Kong
dollars, he broke the world record for Buddha
statues at auction, and became the first Chinese who
shattered auction record for the purpose of returning lost
treasures back to China.
The sitting Buddha statue was created during
the reign of Emperor
Yongle of Ming Dynasty (1402 – 1424), and it is one of
the two biggest Buddhist statues from that period known for
their exquisite craftsmanship. The other one was smuggled
into Britain and is current kept at the British Museum.
The bronze statue is gold plated, with the
Buddha eyes, lips painted with colour during a formal consecration
ceremony hosted by the eminent Buddhist monks. The base under
the lotus seat is actually a box containing micro-version
of 26 volumes of Buddhist sutras.
Coincidently, or not coincidently at all, the
day he won the bid was the birthday anniversary of historical
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