Also known as Dhyanamudra, this granite sculpture in The Art Institute of Chicago is of a buddha in a seated meditation. It is the common stance most people envision when they hear the word meditation and is very popular with guests at the museum.
This Dhyanamudra was completed c. 12th Century in Nagapattinam of the Tamil Nadu state in India. This was towards the end of the Chola art period in India where large beautiful sculpture and architecture flourished. This piece is odd; however, as most Chola art was Hindu in origin, where this is Buddhist, and were most well known for their bronzes, while this piece is bronze.