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The Iron Man statue is a 24-centimeter, 10-kilogram sculpture depicting the Buddhist deity Vaiśravaṇa, made from First Civilization material.[1] 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.[2]

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.[1] In late November that year, England responded to Rikkin's message,[3] stating the sculpture had been retrieved and replaced with a forgery.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed: InitiatesThe Desmond Files: "The Iron Man"
  2. Taylor, Mark (28 September, 2014). Priceless Tibetan Buddha statue looted by Nazis was carved from meteorite. The Guardian. Retrieved on March 2, 2015.
  3. Assassin's Creed: Initiates – The Desmond Files: "The Iron Man 2"
  4. Davies, Lizzy (24 October 2012). Nazi buddha from space might be fake. The Guardian. Retrieved on July 1, 2020.