Incredible Gilded Bronze & Copper Reclining Buddha produced mid c20th Patan, Nepal.


I feel a certain duty and a responsibility when describing historical items of intrinsic importance from my collection, and this wonderful piece is no exception.

This captivating image of Reclining Buddha has major significance within the realms of Buddhism itself. It is a known fact of life, that Buddha actually lived and as such he also died, and although this image of Buddha represents his death, it has no intention of evoking sadness in anyway, but rather to encourage all living beings to become enlightened and to attain release from all sufferings, which in turn characterises the cycle of rebirth.

It should be noted that Buddha is seen to be smiling upon these Reclining Buddha representations, which also depict him as composed, serene and in a restful peaceful manner, to remind us of the serenity that comes with enlightenment.

It is recorded that Buddha knew that his death was impending and that he asked his disciples to make ready a couch for him which was placed in a grove, where he lay reclining upon his right side, supporting his head with his hand and facing West, as he passed into Nirvana. It has also been established, that Buddha died aged approximately 80 years in 486 BC and that his last words to mankind are said to be:

"Impermanent are all created things... Strive on with awareness."

This remarkable gilded bronze of Reclining Buddha has been cast solid and was produced by the leading exponents of bronze metal casting in the Northern hemisphere, at Patan in Nepal and its date is mid c20th.

The couch on which Buddha reclines, has been formed from hollow coppered brass, which has been moulded to decorate it with a flowing sheet of silk and four kneeling disciples, whilst at its center is The Wheel of Life. The hollow pedestal couch has then been sealed using a single sheet of copper metal, and then sign marked using the *vishvavajra a Buddhist symbol, which has also been historically used by metal workers in Patan, Nepal, after any iconic piece has been consecrated. (please see footnote at bottom page)

Of particular note, are the finite facial details upon this piece, which have been applied by hand using natural ground-earth colours of cobalt blue, red carnelian and lime wash white.

I did not purchase this piece, it was gifted to me by one of my teachers of Buddhist Thangka painting, circa 1988 in Nepal.

You shall not be disappointed to cherish this wonderful image now and for the future. It is an incredible example of Nepalese craftsmanship of the mid c20th...

"Impermanent are all created things... Strive on with awareness."

Length: 6 inches Widest width: 2.25 inches Height: 4 inches Postage weight: 2k


The vishvavajra (a double thunderbolt) has four heads representing the four dhyani Buddhas of the four directions: Amoghasiddhi for north, Akshobhya for the east, Ratnasambhava, lord of the south, and Amitabha who reigns over the west. It is the emblem of the crossed vajra that is inscribed upon the metal base that is used to seal deity statues after they have been consecrated.

Item ID: JJ674

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