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  Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha

 

Myanmar

Shwethalyaung is the name of a giant reclining Buddha image, located in a temple of the same name (fig.) in the western part of Bago, which was formerly known as Pegu.

 

The Buddha image has a length of ca. 55 meters, is ca. 16 meters high and was originally built in 994 AD by Mon King Migadeikpa (fig.), though the current restored image dates from 1881.

 

  Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha

 

  Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha

 

Its large feet are intricately decorated with gold and small mirrors and pieces of stained glass. In the centre is a lotus-shaped circle, that represents Buddhist Wheel of Law (fig.).

 

It rests its head on mosaic pillows, which were added in 1930, and at one end are adorned with glass panels depicting illustrations of the jataka, painted on glass in reverse and then framed backward, akin to the Chinese art of nei hua.

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  Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha