The tag with the object reads: "Sanskrit describes a statue of Buddha as Buddharupa meaning 'the image if the enlightened one.' A Buddharupa is an emblem of extreme tranquility and meditation. The primary function of a Buddha statue is to communicate peace of mind and discipline. In places where low literacy rates makes understanding his teachings more difficult, Buddha statues play a crucial role to convey such messages. The statue is in the lotus position, a very common position, which signifies the complete balance of mind and body." This particular statue is light brown and made of plastic. The Buddha sits on top of a platform and holds an object in the middle of his hand while sitting in a crisscross position.