The mudra of His hands stand for the cyclical (chakra) nature of dharma. In fact, whilst delivering the historic Sarnath sermon, He had assumed the dharmachakra mudra to convey its gravity.
The calm, seated figure is flanked by a pair of miniature stupas, which contain a world of blessings and prayers already answered.
The pedestal the Lord is seated on is engraved with lotus petals. The symbol of compassion, each petal and the space between petals have been carved with skillful attention to detail. It is propped up on three-tiered legs that resemble the shape of Tibetan Buddhist stupas.
From the Lord’s halo emerges a plethora of snakes, the viciousness of their presence neutralised by the gentle hamsas on the edge of the aureole.
The gorgeous latticeworked aureole, with its curvaceous tendrils and leafy protrusions, completes the composition.