Posed in an extremely delicate earth touching gesture, calling
the earth goddess to witness his Enlightenment, Shakyamuni
looks completely inwardly within himself.
It is possible that this figure might have held a bowl in
his left palm as the remains of a pin can be felt.
Of particular note in this image is the detail and flow
of the Buddha's robes. From the clean and even folds of
the robe as it hangs on his body to the naturalistic manner
in which the robe ends in neat folds on the top of the lotus
base, the robes are clearly the work of a master. Also to
be noted are the folds at the rear of the piece.
Most unusually the robe (Sanskrit: sanghati) is shown flowing
smoothly around the Buddha's right shoulder and tucked up
in neat folds into the undergarment, presumably under the
main robe. This is a charming and rarely seen detail.