INWA era Buddha images have been unearthed by volunteers while building a road in Natogyi Township, Mandalay Region in September, said local authorities yesterday.
The villagers, who were volunteering to build the road to the Sakka Mountain, discovered a cave under 3 feet of ground and later discovered 90 Buddha statues curved from sandstone in a total of 16 caves.
U Kyin, the local administration officer, quoted a historian who visited the site, saying that the statues are believed to be from Inwa Era and more than 230 years old.
“Some statues, including two guardian lions outside the cave, have been damaged. But we conserved the findings and have not moved any of the statues from their original places,” he added.
Sometime before the road discovery local people had come across a cave containing Buddha statues and other figures carved into the wall. Paintings were also present.
Ba Zaw (Myint Nge)