The torso of this beautiful Buddha is completely enveloped in an elaborately draped capelike outer robe (uttarasanga) that terminates around the hemlines in cascades of flaring overlapping folds finished with bands of raised lacquer scrolling inlaid with mirror and glass mosaic. The shoulder cloth (sanghati) is similarly decorated. Monks in Myanmar (Burma) wear their robes in this covered mode when going outside the monastery on the morning alms rounds and to other events. His hands are in a variant of the varada mudra, a gesture of benevolence. The right hand of the Buddha holds the myrobalan fruit (terminalia chebula), suggestive of the physical and spiritual healing powers of the Buddha.
This wood sculpture is a one of a kind statue, hand carved by the very talented artists of Myanmar (Burma). Every piece is truly unique!