Carved from stone, weighing 98 pounds and standing 32 inches tall, this Buddha is unique--both spare and complex. From the side the figure is simplified and angular; the front and back are rounded, and the face is detailed. The figure conveys both strength and warmth through facial expression and hand gestures. A touch of hauteur in the face is softened with hand gestures (mudra). The right hand is raised in abhaya mudra, which grants protection and reassurance; the left palm is turned outward in varada mudra, signifying charity and the fulfillment of all wishes. The red robe and throne are especially weathered but swaths of gold emphasizing the hands and face remain bright. We have not found another Buddha like this in our research but we would characterize it as a folk Buddha and date it to mid 20th century. It is in solid condition with no chips.