Base included and attached to the piece This is the second piece in the collection of small spiritual and religious icons appearing on a lotus flower. The exquisite treatment given to each one of the details of these pieces makes this collection a series of little gems. Similar to the Lord Ganesha piece, this young Buddha is depicted with his legs crossed in the padmasana or lotus position. His two hands adopt the dhyana position (mudra), forming a bowl shape in an attitude of meditation. Both the lotus and the dhyana positions are typical of Amitabha, a Buddha also worshiped in Japan. For this piece, Lladr was inspired by Amitabha, creating this image of a child Buddha.
The eyelids, in the shape of lotus petals, symbolize clarity of sight. The ushnisha, or topknot on his head, indicates his attainment of supreme wisdom. His long lobes show his noble origin, which would have allowed him to wear heavy earrings that he would then have renounced when taking up his ascetic life, though by that time they would have already deformed his ears. Around his neck we see a mala (Buddhist prayer beads), which has a profound meaning in Buddhist tradition and plays a highly specific role in the contemplative practice of Tibetan Buddhism, such as the chanting of mantras.
Buddhist iconography contains a large number of images or sculptures depicting Buddha with a lotus flower, either seated on it or holding it with his fingers. The flower symbolizes enlightenment. Just as the lotus grows in muddy waters, any human being has the potential to grow and to enlighten him/herself in the same way. For Lladr artists, making large flowers like this lotus is particularly complex, because the porcelain becomes so thin at its tips that it may be easily broken during modeling or firing in the kiln.