Chinese archaeologists on Wednesday
opened a 1,000-year-old steel case that was believed to contain Buddhist
relics. (Source: cnsphoto)
NANJING, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese archaeologists on
Wednesday opened a 1,000-year-old steel case that was believed to contain
A pagoda top wrapped in silk emerged after
archaeologists removed two steel panels of the cube-shaped case, which is 0.5
meter long, 0.5 meter wide and 1.34 meters high.
Hua Guorong, vice curator of the Nanjing City Museum
where the case was opened, said an initial analysis showed the object was a
pagoda about 1 meter high.
He said Buddhist relics, which were formed from the
ashes of cremated Buddhist masters and were an important aspect of the religion,
were likely to be under the pagoda.
The box was found in an underground shrine of the
Dabaoen Temple here.