Ancient Buddha Statue Unearthed in Egypt Temple Excavation Reveals Big Mystery About India
A Buddha statue has been discovered in the ancient port of Berenice, Egypt
The Polish-American mission discovered a “Roman-era statue during excavations in the ancient temple of Berenice”.
The discovery provided important insights into the existence of trade relations between Egypt and India in Roman times.
Cairo, An ancient Buddha statue has been found in an Egyptian port, showing its ancient connection with India. A statue of Buddha has been discovered in Egypt’s ancient port of Berenike on the Red Sea, shedding light on trade relations with India under the Roman Empire. A statement from Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities said on Wednesday that a US-Polish mission had discovered a “Roman-era statue during excavations at an ancient temple in Berenike”, according to a report by the AFP news agency.
Mustafa al-Waziri, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the find provided important insights into the existence of trade relations between Egypt and India in Roman times. The statue, which is missing part of his right side and right leg, is 71 centimeters (28 inches) tall and depicts the Buddha with a halo around his head and a lotus flower beside him. Waziri states that Berenike was one of the largest ports in Roman-era Egypt and was often the destination for Indian ships laden with spices, semi-precious stones, textiles and ivory.
Egypt has unveiled several major archaeological finds in recent years as part of efforts to revive its vital tourism industry after years of political unrest and the Covid pandemic. The government plans to attract 30 million tourists a year by 2028, up from 13 million before the pandemic. However, still many discovered attractions have not been inaugurated.
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FIRST POST: April 28, 2023, 11:20 PM IST