Buddha in Dharmacakra mudra (the teaching gesture) seated western style
Burma/Myanmar; 11th Century
DU 1971.152; Denison University
This votive tablet shows the Buddha seated with his legs pendant and holding his hands in the gesture of turning the wheel of the law. This represents the first sermon given by the Buddha after he reached Enlightenment. The Buddha is seated between two pillars supporting a tre-foil arch. Above the arch is a superstructure called a sikhara which is capped by a stupa decorated with streamers. There are three stupas to each side of the Buddha and the two small circles flanking the sikhara may also be tiny stupas.