The mummified body of Huineng, the Chan Buddhist master. Certain sects of Buddhist monks preserve the dead bodies of masters by applying dry lacquer and strips of cloth to the body.
Huineng was the Sixth Patriarch of the Chinese Chan Buddhist school. His teaching of “sudden enlightenment” (dunwu ??) became the essential aspect of the Southern Chan (nanchan ??) tradition. Subsequent Chan sects all traced their lineage back to Huineng, and