While the discovery was being made, a couple of medical tests, a CT scan and an endoscopy were carried out on the statue.

“The mummified body is believed to be of Buddhist master Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School. It is still unclear whether this is a case of self-mummification, a popular practice among Asian monks,” quoted the reports.

Liuquan who is reportedly said to be displayed at the Hungarian Natural History Museum until May 2015, nonetheless also managed to reflect upon the concept of ‘Carpe Diem’ last year when the statue was shown outside China for the very first time as part of the ‘Mummies: Life Beyond Death’ exhibition at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands.

The statue was called the ‘eye-catcher of the exhibition’, as it reconfirmed the findings of the first round of CT scans. “On the outside, it looks like a large statue of Buddha. Scan research has shown that on the inside it is a mummy of a Buddhist monk who lived around the year 1100,” the event brochure said.

Last month, a Mongolian Buddhist monk in ‘deep meditation’, about 200-years-old, was found in the Songino Khairkhan province of Mongolia.