This solid bronze statue represents Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, also called the Supreme Buddha or Sakyamuni.
Characteristically, the Buddha sits upright in lotus posture, with his legs crossed and his eyes half-closed. Here he is depicted exhibiting the Bhumisparsha Mudra which represents the moment of the Buddha's enlightenment, whilst also holding medicinal herbs.
Often the meditating Buddha is sitting on a lotus flower. In Buddhism the lotus represents spiritual purity. Hence the lotus flower on which the meditating Buddha is positioned symbolizes his divine birth and his perfected spiritual state.
This statue has a hollow base which is covered in a thin sheet of bronze - this holds the Buddhist prayers contained within the statue.