One of the life-size, lifelike “luohan” Buddhist statues that art dealers exported from China  just over a century ago on display in the British Museum. A retired Hong Kong civil servant and ceramics enthusiast has cast doubt on their origin. Photo: British Museum One of the life-size, lifelike “luohan” Buddhist statues that art dealers exported from China  just over a century ago on display in the British Museum. A retired Hong Kong civil servant and ceramics enthusiast has cast doubt on their origin. Photo: British Museum
One of the life-size, lifelike “luohan” Buddhist statues that art dealers exported from China just over a century ago on display in the British Museum. A retired Hong Kong civil servant and ceramics enthusiast has cast doubt on their origin. Photo: British Museum
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Chinese Buddhist statues, a German Indiana Jones and his big lie exposed in art history whodunnit by a retired Hong Kong civil servant

  • The ceramic glaze statues of Buddhist saints are life-size and stunningly lifelike, and represent a stylistic revolution. Where did they come from?
  • For a century museums have accepted that a German art dealer found them hidden in a cave near Beijing. An amateur historian’s book shows he probably lied

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One of the life-size, lifelike “luohan” Buddhist statues that art dealers exported from China  just over a century ago on display in the British Museum. A retired Hong Kong civil servant and ceramics enthusiast has cast doubt on their origin. Photo: British Museum One of the life-size, lifelike “luohan” Buddhist statues that art dealers exported from China  just over a century ago on display in the British Museum. A retired Hong Kong civil servant and ceramics enthusiast has cast doubt on their origin. Photo: British Museum
One of the life-size, lifelike “luohan” Buddhist statues that art dealers exported from China just over a century ago on display in the British Museum. A retired Hong Kong civil servant and ceramics enthusiast has cast doubt on their origin. Photo: British Museum
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