Shakyamuni Buddha,the Enlightened One Sanskrit: Buddha Shakyamuni Tibetan: Sang gye sha kya tu pa Gazing forward with a contented smile, the hair is piled on the crown of the head topped with a gold-like ornament. The earlobes are long and pierced - a sign of royal upbringing. A dot representing a curled hair adorns the forehead between the eyebrows and the neck is marked with three horizontal lines. The right arm is extended across the knee with the fingertips of the hand touching the ground in the mudra (gesture) of Earth Witness - calling the personified 'Goddess of the Earth' to confirm the moment of the Buddha's enlightenment. The left hand held in the lap in the mudra of meditation holds a begging bowl - a gift of the Kings of the Four Directions. The two legs are folded with the right over left in the posture of vajrasana - representing stability. Without adornments and in the appearance of a monk (Tib.: ge long, Sanskrit: bhikshu) Above a multi-colored lotus blossom, he is seated surrounded by a blue-24K gold nimbus and opaque green areola of radiant light, encircled by green leafy vines, buds and pink flower blossoms. Intrreicately painted with lavish use of 24K gold and lapis lazuli pigment. tMeasures 22" x 39", image 13" x 18".