By Wang Qi, sina English
Four Buddha statues of the Chinese treasure “Lingyin bronze hall” were reportedly stolen at an exhibition in Japan this April, said Chinese top bronze sculptor Zhu Bingren via his representative Thursday at a news conference in Tokyo.
The statues were on an exhibition in Shizuoka Prefecture from April 5 to April 6, celebrating the 30th anniversary of friendly ties between China’s Zhejiang Province and Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture.
This was the first time that the statues of “Lingyin bronze hall,” the highest bronze hall in Guinness World Records, had been on exhibition overseas.
According to Zhu’s representative Lu Ning, the Chinese side has reported the case to local police of Shizuoka Prefecture, and the Japanese police have formed a special panel to carry on investigations.
The four stolen Buddha statues, forged in bronze, are about 45 centimeters in height and 20 kilograms in weight.
In recent years, with the price upsurge of Buddha statues in black market, theft of the kind has been frequently reported than ever in Japan, according to the local police.