19 February 2015

There's a surprise inside

An interesting item posted in Rob's Webstek:
The mummified body of the Buddhist master Liuquan, a monk who lived around the year 1100 and who belonged to the Chinese Meditation School, is hidden in this precious reliquary dating from the eleventh or twelfth century.

In Amersfoort's main hospital, Meander Medical Centre, the nearly thousand year old mummy has been recently examined with a CT scan and an endoscope... A gastrointestinal and liver doctor took samples of yet unidentified material and examined the thoracic and abdominal cavities.
Results of the endoscopy at the link.  Photo credit M. Elsevier Stokmans.


  1. Of what material is the relic made? I'm just curious as to how they were able to access the mummy with an endoscope.

  2. I don't know the material, but this picture provides a clue how they did it. "With an endoscope made specially available by Surgical Technologies in Didam, Vermeijden took samples of a yet unidentified material and examined the thoracic and abdominal cavities." http://www.nltimes.nl/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/10849840_277516312457886_4396193397597113609_n.jpg


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