Lapis Lazuli Reclining Buddha


Gemstone carving Buddha Resting, in Lapis Lazuli
Size; 12cms at widest point x 9cms high
Weight; 660gm        Ref No,3506



Reclining Buddha, or Resting Buddha. This is a large carving in Lapis Lazuli
This gorgeous Lapis Lazuli Reclining Buddha is a superb work of art. It is a very intricate carving continuing over the entire piece of this majestic, deep blue stone. The Reclining Buddha represents the historical Buddha about to enter the parinirvana. This is an iconic theme in Buddhist art. Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful ‘midnight blue’ semi-precious stone from North Eastern Afghanistan. The mines in the remote Kokcha valley have been producing Lapis Lazuli for 6000 years, with these mines producing 95% of the worlds Lapis Lazuli. From there the stone was sent on the ancient silk route to markets in Europe and North Africa.

Lapis Lazuli is a metamorphic rock containing lazurite. It also frequently contains specks of calcite and iron pyrites. These specks of sparkling pyrite were traditional said to represent the stars and planets. While the deep blue of Lapis Lazuli represented the celestial night sky. The name ‘Lapis’ derives from Latin word lapis meaning stone. While the word ‘Lazuli’ derives from the Persian word lazhward meaning blue.

Metaphysically, a highly protective stone that can rapidly reduce stress. This is a stone that can encourage creativity, additionally one that can bond relationships in love and friendship. Healers use this stone to lower blood pressure and boost the immune system. It is a stone to stimulate wisdom, and the desire for knowledge. It is also a stone that can help with expressing emotions and feelings.

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