A 600-year-old Buddha has been discovered in China, completely by chance.
The ancient religious icon sits in a reservoir at the intersection of two rivers in an ancient city known as Xiaoshi, Xinhua news reported.
Scientists claim that it could date back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). It measures around 3.8 metres in height and is carved into a cliff.
The Buddha had been preserved by the reservoir water, but when renovation work began at the local hydroelectric plant, the water level abated and the carving became visible, allowing a local resident to spot it in December.
The remains of an ancient temple also became visible as the water levels dropped. A team of divers are now examining the area and coming up with a preservation plan.