Theis seated in the diamond posture on a broad-leafed, double throne. In the Buddhist tradition, the lotus serves among other things as a symbol of spiritual growth and . That is why images of awakened beings tend to be seated upon a lotus throne. The Buddha’s left hand rests in his lap; with his right hand he displays the earth-witness . His head of tight curls still reveals traces of lapis lazuli, which was commonly used in Tibet for ritual ornamentation. This figure was quite probably cast in eastern Tibet: its face is strongly reminiscent of contemporaneous Chinese pieces. Tibetan work that shows Chinese influences is described as “Sino-Tibetan”.