Carved coral figure. Approx. size : 38 x 30 mm
Siddhārtha Gautama, also known as Gautama Buddha or Gautama Buddha. Sacred figure in Buddhism and Hinduism. With his teachings, learnt after many reincarnations, and inner effort, it is possible to reach Nirvana.
Coral was already used in the Middle Ages to protect the carrier against evil eye. In the XVIIIth century, Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies, King of Naples, carried a coral amulet. When facing someone who he suspected had bad intentions against him, he would place the amulet of coral in their face, nullifying the power of the gaze...