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A crumpled-up banknote from the Ming dynasty is a remarkable discovery found inside a 700-year-old Buddhist sculpture

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It's typical to find materials such as mantra rolls, relics, grains, incense and semi-precious stones that have been placed inside gilt bronze sculptures by a monk or lama," said an Asian art specialist at the Australian auction house that holds the piece. "But we've never heard of anyone finding money inside a wooden sculpture before."
6 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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