Whoops. Fact-checking myself.
The “swastika”-type symbol on this carving’s chest is not the Nazi symbol, but rather the Buddhist symbol sometimes called “manji” that represents harmony. This symbol was later appropriated by the Nazis (and reversed). I mistakenly thought that the Nazi expedition that found the statue (that part is correct) carved it in there, but it looks like that was why they picked it up in the first place, as it resembled their symbol. It was already there. So sorry to have messed this fact up.
The original post is still worming its way through people’s reblogs, and since they won’t see the edit I just made because of the way this whole Tumblr thing works, they will (rightfully) think I screwed up. It’s unfortunate that a symbol that represents something so pure in one culture can forever be tarnished by awful people in another culture.
So anyway, mea culpa.