Scientists from the University of Hiroshima during an expedition to Shiga Prefecture discovered images of Buddhist saints in the ancient Saimeji Temple. The drawings were found on the columns of the main hall of the building, and they were covered with a layer of soot.
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In the scientific world, it was previously believed that this temple was erected during the Kamakura era, which took the period from 1185 to 1333. The building was rebuilt several times, for this reason the fragments of the building should be considered much older. Scientists decided to examine the walls and columns of the temple using infrared video cameras. In the course of the work, the researchers found images. Analysis of the drawings made it possible to attribute them to the years 592-710 A.D. e. It was possible to determine the exact year of their creation – 685th. In this case, the main hall of the temple was erected earlier than the famous Horyuji, which is considered the oldest wooden building of all that has survived in the world.
Scientists told how they managed to establish the date of the drawings. They analyzed the image of the figures, the characteristic patterns on the clothes and the folded palms. They coincide with those elements that were found in the wall paintings of the 8th century.