Songtsen Gampo is usually represented seated with one leg unfolded, wearing a thick gown fastened with a belt and some thick boots. He often holds a long-life vase in one or both hands.
His legs may be in the lotus position.
He wears a tall turban wrapped around his head, like a truncated cone, and topped with the head of Amitabha. A long strand of plaited hair falls on each shoulder. The above example has a moustache and goatee like Padmasambhava.
He often wears large earrings which can range from simple to very elaborate designs.
On this sculpture, the king sits on an elaborate throne supported by two lions and two elephants, a long-life vase at the front, a row of thunderbolts at the bottom. The back panel is decorated with a garuda at the top and other mythical creatures on the sides. There is a bowl under his right hand.