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ITEM NAME: Naga Buddha
SIZE: 10"H (24.5cm)
ITEM MATERIAL: Bonded marble
ITEM FINISH: Antique stone
SHIPPING: $11.00

Gautama Buddha was born in 563 b.c. in northeast India. The Buddha was the son of the King of the Sakyas. Suddhodana, who ruled at Kapilavastu, on the border of Nepal. His mother was Queen Maya. He was named Siddhartha. He lived amidst the pleasures of palace life. After seeing a decrepid old man, an invalid, and an ascetic beggar, he learned of suffering and decided to embrace asceticism. Soon afterwards, at age 29, Siddhartha left the palace and his family and went to a hermitage where he became the monk Gautama, or, as he is still called, Sakyamuni (The ascetic of the Sakyas). One day, meditating under a sacred figtree, he attained perfect illumination (Bodhi). He had become a Buddha. From there on he traveled and preached for 44 years what was to become one of the main religions of the world. He died at Kusinagara at age 80. Here the Buddha is depicted in meditation position sheltered by a Naga, it’s body coiled up to serve as a cushion for the Buddha and it’s 7 pronged head spreading over the Buddha’s head as a cover. The Naga is a snakelike animal of Hindu lore. According to legend, the Naga once tried to harm the Buddha but was subdued and became one of the Buddha’s disciples and guardians.
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