In the midst of the ruins of Buddhist temple in Afghanistan, archaeologists uncovered the existence of a stone statue. This statue is said to describe the prince Siddharta founded Buddhism before.
Stone statue or stele was found at archaeological site, Mes Aynak in 2010. But the new stone statue can be analyzed and described recently. Similarly, reported Live Science, Friday (06/08/2012).
The statue is carved from schist rock with a high of approximately 28 centimeters. Its form of the figure of a prince with a monk by his side.
Based on the bronze coins were found nearby, a professor at the College de France, Gerard Fussman estimates the statue derived from period at least 1,600 years ago. While Siddhartha lived during the 25th century.
Prince Siddharta on the stele is shown sitting on a round wicker bench, his eyes looking down and his right foot crossed to left foot. “He was clad in dhoti (a type of fabric), with a turban, necklace, earrings and bracelets. He sat under a pipal tree,” explained Fussman in his research.
“Turbans were enhanced using the ornaments, but without any pinning human figure there,” he added.
Meanwhile, a monk standing on the right side of the prince. The monk’s right arm up straight and holding a lotus flower. While his left hand holding a somewhat round shaped object.
Based on this stele iconography, especially leaves of pipal, Fussman believe the prince is Siddharta Gautama Sakyamuni who will then receive enlightenment and became Buddha. This Stele shows early in his life before he began his journey to enlightenment.Advertisement