Reclining Buddha

At least 300 years old
Camphor wood, gilding, black and red pigments
12” h. x 39” w. 10” d.

This figurine shows Buddha at the moment of death. At death, he attained parinirvana. Which means definite nirvana, the passing beyond, the passing beyond nirvana (liberation or enlightenment, or bodhi).

The figurine was first gilded and then topped with a layer of black and then red pigments. Buddhas are not supposed to be polished, so we leave the condition of this old Buddha alone. This item would be restricted from leaving China today.