Buddhist statue Iron Man is carved on material from Space
A Buddhist statue known as Iron Man the 24-centimetre-high sculpture
brought to Germany from Tibet by a Nazi-backed expedition has been confirmed as having an extraterrestrial origin.
1,000-year-old ancient Iron Man Buddhist statue is carved from a meteorite.
Iron Man, the statue weighs 10kg and is believed to represent a stylistic hybrid between the Buddhist and pre-Buddhist Bon culture that portrays the god Vaisravana, the Buddhist King of the North, also known as Jambhala in Tibet.
The statue was discovered in 1938 by an expedition of German scientists led by renowned zoologist Ernst Schafer.
The expedition was supported by Nazi SS Chief Heinrich Himmler and the entire expeditionary team were believed to have been SS members.
The first team to study the origins of the statue was led by Dr Elmar Buchner from Stuttgart University.
The team was able to classify it as an ataxite, a rare class of iron meteorite with high contents of nickel.
Dr. Buchner told to ANI that
The statue was chiseled from a fragment of the Chinga meteorite which crashed into the border areas between Mongolia and Siberia about 15,000 years ago,"
While the first debris was officially discovered in 1913 by gold prospectors, we believe that this individual meteorite fragment was collected many centuries before,"
Dr Buchner's team believe the Iron Man originated from the Bon culture of the 11th Century.
"The Iron Man statue is the only known illustration of a human figure to be carved into a meteorite, which means we have nothing to compare it to when assessing value," he said.
A 15-tonne example in North America called the Willamette meteorite is sacred to some native Americans, and some have suggested that the Black Stone in the Kaaba in Mecca is a meteorite.
Meaning of meteorites –
A stony or metallic mass of matter that has fallen to the earth's surface from outer space.
A meteor that reaches the Earth's surface because it has not been burned up by friction with the atmosphere.
Meteorites are believed to be fragments of comets and asteroids.
Meteorites that consist mostly of silicates are called stony meteorites and are classified as either chondrites or achondrites.
Meteorites that consist mostly of iron are called iron meteorites.
Meteorites that consist of a mixture of silicates and iron are called stony-iron meteorites.
The findings have been published in Meteoritics and Planetary Science.
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