Tibetans follow Buddhism as their primary religion; for them, Buddha is not a deity, they consider him as a human just like the others but with special supernatural powers. He is a symbol of enlightenment and supreme determination. Shakyamuni believed in the concept of abandoning all material desires and follow the path of true spirituality and identify your inner self. The stylized Buddha statue shown here is a true gesture of his meditation and purity.
The sculptor has beautifully inlayed the statue with multicolored reconstituted stones that cover his entire self, leaving the face, palms, and feet in bright golden as the color of his skin. The large hollow circle in the centre is an identification of his purity; its emptiness is symbolic of Buddha being free of all material desires and an idol of purity, truth and spirituality inside out.
He sits here in padmasana with the back of the feet facing upwards and palms, one over the other on his laps in Dhyana mudra; he wears a rich inlayed robe of red full sleeves and the neck and dhoti in light blue. Focus on the precise use of various colored stones to decorate his attires in flower patches and interconnecting vines. The sculptor has chosen for a slender face shape to match with the entire, having similar features of his iconography apart from just the usual long earlobes.
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