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Reclining Buddha (19th Century) India Carved wood and paint Gift of Abraham Schlossman 1976.1.2

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In this relief the Gautam Buddha practices Lotus Birth. Lotus Birth is the practice of allowing the umbilical cord and placenta to remain attached to the child until it naturally detaches. Buddhists believe this is how the Buddha was born, and therefore the practice represents birth as a fully developed religious person.


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