The Iron Man statue is a 24-centimeter, 10-kilogram sculpture depicting the Buddhist deity Vaiśravaṇa, made from First Civilization material. Prior to World War II, the artifact was stolen from Tibet by Adolf Hitler's Schutzstaffel during their search for the origins of the Aryan race.
In late September 2012, The Guardian, influenced by Abstergo Industries, falsely reported that the statue was made from a meteorite that crashed to the Earth 15,000 years ago. After applauding Erica Nichols for her work, Alan Rikkin ordered Laetitia England to recover the statue. In late November that year, England responded to Rikkin's message, stating the sculpture had been retrieved and replaced with a forgery.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed: Initiates – The Desmond Files: "The Iron Man"
- ↑ Taylor, Mark (28 September, 2014). Priceless Tibetan Buddha statue looted by Nazis was carved from meteorite. The Guardian. Retrieved on March 2, 2015.
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Initiates – The Desmond Files: "The Iron Man 2"
- ↑ Davies, Lizzy (24 October 2012). Nazi buddha from space might be fake. The Guardian. Retrieved on July 1, 2020.