The Reclining Buddha (73)


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The Reclining Buddha, or the Buddha image performing dying gesture, lies on his right hand with both eyes closed. The right palm holds his head while the right shoulder rests on a pillow. The left hand is set on his left hip. Both feet stretched; the left foot rests on the right one and both soles are aligned.

The image is influenced by the Indian art, conceivably disseminated with Buddhism beliefs which were initiated and had prospered in India many centuries ago. Buddhism beliefs were adopted by many neighboring countries from then on The unique characteristics of the Buddha image were created based upon the 38 Maha Burut Laksana (38 ideal body parts of the Lord Buddha) which are described in detail in an ancient Thai scripture.