This sepia print shows Shakyamuni Buddha amidst a gradated background of soft clouds, as he sits in vajra-posture upon the seed-head of an open lotus. Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha of our present era, wears the three robes of a simple Buddhist monk, although his facial expression conveys the qualities of spiritual sovereignty and a profound state of meditative absorption. His radiant body is endowed with the thirty-two major and eighty minor signs of an enlightened being, such as the urna between his eyebrows, the three conch-like creases under his chin, his tightly curled dark hair-locks that spiral to the right, and the ushnisha or ‘wisdom protuberance’ that crowns his head. With his right hand resting gently in front of his knee he makes the ‘earth-witness’ gesture, while his left hand rests upon his lap in the gesture of meditation with his blue alms-bowl resting upon his open palm. His dark aura is decorated with clouds, lotuses, and the dancing forms of two offering goddesses.