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Japan's art 'cloning' technology set to revamp global museums

Tokyo University of the Arts researchers recreate statue as it was 1400 years ago

The "clone" of the Shaka (Sakyamuni) triad statue of the Horyuji temple, left, and its super clone at the Nagano Prefectural Art Museum in the city of Nagano. (Photos by Taro Yokosawa) 

TOKYO -- The cloning of cultural properties, the creation of highly precise replicas of important artifacts developed by Tokyo University of the Arts researchers, has continued to evolve.

Researchers have gone beyond just precisely duplicating works of art. Now, using cutting-edge technology and the fruit of their research, they are able to make them look exactly as they did when they were first created.

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