This Kashmiri-style sculpture depicts the historical buddha doing the ‘turning the wheel of dharma’ gesture. The concentric folds and wavy hem of his garment, which covers the left shoulder only, make the fabric look light and fluid. Unlike Kashmiri buddhas, this one has a very tall neck and trunk compared to the rest of the body.
The hands may be held closer or further away from each other, at heart level. The index and thumb are pressed together, the right hand palm outwards, the left hand palm inwards. If there were no dharma wheels printed on the palm of his hands and feet this would be Vairocana.