The statues, which were likely stolen in 2001, were intercepted while being smuggled into the United Kingdom in 2002.
Researchers in Japan used facial analysis software to analyze the enigmatic expression of a 1200-year-old Buddhist masterpiece.
The statue was erected last week in rural Alberta, Canada, as a symbol of awakening.
“It hurts us. We are a very quiet community,” said the monastery’s outreach coordinator.
The Buddha was carved from a massive high-quality jade boulder unearthed in Canada in 2000.
In January, vandals threw a 25-pound rock through the face of the terracotta Buddha head in Salt Lake City.
One student described the work as “a mysterious and precious experience.”
A reader asks why Buddhists bow down and make offerings to statues of the Buddha.
A beloved Buddha statue in a Los Angeles neighborhood has been vandalized with a sledgehammer for the fourth time.
To stop thefts of valuable Buddhist statues, Japanese Buddhists are swapping in low-cost 3D printed replicas.