Disappointed by color as it was purchased to place by garden pagoda. But the tranquility of this Buddha has made it the best pose I have seen. Because of the tan/brown color, it doesn't stand out as I had hoped but it is just the right Buddha for a peaceful garden spot!
Although I am not a Buddhist, I find Buddha statues calming; they contribute to a sense of serenity that I find most welcoming. The "pondering Buddha" is one of my favorite poses; I have one such Buddha in my house and purchased this one for the outdoors. It is presently residing in a small water feature. Interestingly, the volcanic ash turns out to absorb water, thus it darkens when it rains, for example. This particular statue has pads that are supposedly "rubberized," which suggests that it is acceptable for outdoor use.
here's the thing- this is really beautiful and it's heavy and I really wish that it did not come broken but it did. Having said that- the people at overstock.com were really amazing and handled the problem immediately- I havent received the replacement yet but I expect that when I do I will be very very happy with this piece.