An inscription on the base allows us to situate this work at the end of the 7th century (694 AD). It depicts the historical buddha doing the dharmacakra mudra and holding one end of his garment. He is seated in the lotus position on a double-lotus base over a typical Kashmir-style plinth. His robe covers one shoulder only. The eyes and the very large urna are inlaid with silver.
This is a very similar image, with the same treatment of the garment, with broad concentric pleats at the front and transversal pleats on the legs and arm, and decorated hems. At some stage, this sculpture was kept in Lhassa, which explains why the face has been painted with cold and the hair and facial features with pigments, following the Tibetan tradition.
This buddha with generous lips, broad nose and large silver-inlaid eyes is seated on a plain cushion over a throne supported by two lions and a yaksha.
He holds his right hand in the fear-allaying gesture, the left hand holds one end of his garment.