|>>Photo of Buddhist
statue, taken on Jan. 9, 2008
The 120.5-cm-tall statue, carved in ancient China's Northern
Wei Dynasty (386-534), is a state-level protected heritage.
The stolen statue was purchased legally at the price of 2
million US dollars by Shinji Shumeikai later in 1995.
After eight-month negotiation with China's State Administration
of Cultural Heritage, Shinji Shumeikai finally promised to
return this statue to China in 2007, after the 10th anniversary
of its Miho Museum, where the statue was displayed.