AGE: – 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Alabaster
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Antique Alabaster Mandalay Reclining Buddha Statue
HEIGHT: – 36cm (highest Part)
DEPTH: – 19cm (Widest Part)
LENGTH: – 84cm
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Burmese Antique Alabaster Mandalay Reclining Buddha Statue in this position is referred to as the sleeping Buddha or dying dying Buddha, a representation of the final hours in the Buddha’s life before entering into Parinirvana, the stage in which can only be attained by an enlightened being. In all statues he is depicted lying on his right hand side with his right arm supporting his head or his head supported by a pillow.
Mahaparinirvana of the Buddhawas a very important event that happened in Kushinagar, a town in the Kushinagar district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, and today an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. This depiction of the reclining Buddha is not simply his demise, it is an iconographic reminder meant to show that all beings have the potential to be awakened and free from the cycle of death and rebirth.
The first depiction of the reclining Buddha was first seen in Gandharan art which began between 50BC and 75AD, peaking during the Kushana period from the 1st to the 5th century AD.