Gautama Buddha was a born prince, but he left his riches and royalties to attain enlightenment. It became his aim to find the truth about life and reach nirvana by neglecting all material aspects of life; he is revered as a supernatural human by his followers. He sits here in padmasana in his most popular trance state where he is far away from self and other external stimuli. The soothing gesture on his face with the sweet smiling lips and the high browed eyes highlights his calmness and tranquillity.
His left hand carries the begging bowl indicating him as the head of the order and right is held high at chest level in vitarka mudra which evokes the energy of teaching and intellectual discussion. As you look at this sculpture, the most highlighting part is the robe, highly flourished with ethnic floral vines connected with each other in an alluring manner on a self-dotted texture with a thin border to give it a finite outline. The smooth flow and wrinkles of the robe are carved realistically demonstrating sculptor’s efficiency.
His major coiled hair represents his years of meditation, long ears to hear the worries of all, at once and the three lines on neck symbolize his soulful voice. Zoom in to see the clear wavy dot on his forehead representing his third eye of wisdom. Apart from his usual iconography, the smooth and glossy texture of this sculpture along with its perfect curvatures makes this as one of a kind.