He is seated on the ground with the right knee raised, upon which He rests His gentle head. Beneath His head He makes a cushion of both His palms, the long and slender fingers of each hand carved with as much skill as shraddha. The robe draped over a single shoulder, an asana (seat) of lotus petals - these are the indispensable aspects of His iconography. What adds to it and makes it a signature Buddha sculpture is the composure of equanimity and bliss on that supremely handsome countenance. Fine, princely features - wide-set brow and a lotus-like mouth and wise ears. Set off by a mass of thick hair pulled back into a coil on the crown of His head, making for an inimitable silhouette.
The signature gambhar wood medium gives the composition a pale and even monotone. In fact, it is the flaxen colour of this kind of wood that makes it so recognisable.
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