The statue was discovered and published in 1901 by Louis Finot in Dong Duong (Quang Nam), along with 228 artifacts. The statue is made of bronze, standing on a lotus pedestal. Spiral hair, long ear lobes, round and kind face. The middle of the forehead is engraved a floating circle, the curved eyebrows, and the nose is slender. High neck with three folds (is one of the appearance of the noble Buddha). The body of the figure is clothed with a monk’s robe with many creases. Two arms outstretched forward. The right hand with the Vitarkamudra (Gautana’s teaching), the left hand holding the lap.
The statue is large in size, follow Amaravati art style with special casting techniques, reaching a high level. In addition to the balanced, harmonious shape, the technique of creating very delicate and soft clothes exudes the majestic, mysterious beauty of the Buddha. The Buddha image has a special value related to the Buddhist most flourishing development period in Champa, it was the period of Indravarman II reign, also known as “Dong Duong reign” or “Buddhist reign”. Many domestic and foreign scholars are interested the statue because of the bold artistic value and cultural exchange factor of India on this one. The statue is a typical artwork of Champa Culture and has been exhibited and introduced in many famous museums in the world.
The Buddha statue is recognized as a National Treasure (phase 1) according to Decision No. 1426/QD-TTg, Hanoi, October 1st, 2012 of the Prime Minister.