The Buddha statue is a symbol of devotion. Although Buddha statues may differ artistically between cultures, some features and meanings remain the same. Common characteristics among Buddha statues include the Buddha standing, sitting or lying down; a bump of knowledge on top of the head.
Buddha—one of the many pseudonyms of an influential teacher from northern India who was active around the fifth century B.C.—is perhaps one of the most recognizable and widely known figures depicted in Eastern art. Often posed in a meditative state, Buddha reflects a path to enlightenment, honor, and separation from the frivolousness of the modern world.