This magnificent work shows Padmasambhava in full attire, wearing his usual lotus hat with a moon and sun symbol at the front and a vulture feather finial on top, some large earrings and a necklace, monastic garments made of silk that wrap his legs and feet completely, a vajra sceptre in his right hand and a skull cup containing a long-life vase in the other, a ritual staff propped against his left shoulder.
The vulture feather and the ritual staff are missing from this sculpture but his distinctive hat and the attributes in his hand are enough to identify him. He is seated on a lotus base with a scalloped petal design also seen on works from Bhutan.
Apart from the outstanding craftsmanship and rich gilding, the Zanabazar school is famous for its innovative lotus base designs. The above belongs to a specific group, round or ovoid, with large upward going petals, usually with lacy contours, overlapping each other and including a series of fan-shaped stamens on the top row. Vertical stamens are engraved just below a row of large beading.