Siddharth Gautama was a spiritual leader and the founder of Buddhism; soon after his birth, he realized that mere life’s experiences could not provide the pure happiness and protection from the worldly sufferings, so he decided to move forward towards the path of achieving enlightenment. This sculpture in padmasana posture of meditation aptly depicts his act of achieving enlightenment and wisdom while in his dhyana.
Apart from the spiritual perspectives, this lotus posture also highlights the beauteous way he has garbed the richly carved robe; the ethnic border and the luxurious floral patterns imbibed on a background of sequence work that glorifies the lavishness and ethnicity of this divine robe. Left hand holds the divine begging bowl that identifies him as the highest of the order and right hand is postured in a vitarka mudra symbolizing his way of transmitting his teachings to the disciples. The characteristic long earlobes, three lines on his neck for the soulful voice and the naturally carved coiled hairs represent his iconic attributes in a wondrous manner.
Overall, the sculpture shows an intact figure with the expression of face making up his descent, soulful and divine being.