A charming Thai lacquer gilt bronze figure of the Reclining Buddha (sometimes referred to as Sleeping Buddha), Lanna Kingdom, Northern Thailand, 16th century.
The small cast bronze sculpture shows the Buddha reclining on his side, head resting in his hand, propped up by pillows. He is dressed in loose monk's robes, his hair depicted in the usual neatly arranged curls. A large ushnisha crowning his head.
The Buddha's face is can be described as blissful. His eyes seemingly closed. A gentle, unworried smile upon his lips.
The Buddha reclines on a long lotus pedestal set atop a large rectangular plinth. The plinth inscribed.
The figure of cast bronze and lacquer gilt. The lacquer and gilding surprisingly intact - a rare feature for items of this age and period. The gold of the gilding deep and warm, with areas rubbed off exposing the deep red and black lacquer beneath.
Some small areas, especially the supporting arm and part of the hair, heavily worn down to the bronze. The exposed bronze with a dark brown patina, with attractive areas of red cuprite and green malachite patina.
This reclining image commemorates the death of the Buddha, his final moments before passing fully into the state of nirvana, breaking the cycle of death and rebirth, free of suffering after giving up all attachments. When a fully enlightened being passes into nirvana upon death, it is referred to as the parinirvana - the nirvana after death, or the final nirvana.
H: 6.5" W: 6.75" D: 2.5"