This superb monumental wooden statue of a standing Buddha dates from the Ming era. The carving of the drapery is a tour-de-force, with layer upon layer of rippling fabric. The hair is formed from tight snail-shell curls which also cover the prominent ushnisha, symbolic of the Buddha’s spiritual wisdom. The facial expression is one of deep mediation, with closed eyelids and small pursed lips. The left hand is held just below the chest in a gesture of meditation. The right arm is held adjacent to the body, pointing towards the earth with the palm side visible. This symbolises the Buddha’s power to bestow supreme accomplishments on his disciples. This magnificent sculpture is a testament to the high level of artistry prevalent among Ming craftsmen.