Taught as the physical representations of the Buddha's body, speech, and mind, statues, thangkas, texts, and stupas are the basic elements recommended to gather the beneficial conditions needed to enhance the stability and insight of one's meditation practice.
Kunkhyen Tenpe Nyima states in his instructions on meditation practice:
Start out by placing a painting or statue before you, using one made by a skilled artisan and with all the appropriate characteristics. Next, arrange offerings before it and begin with the preliminaries.
The Shakya family, one of the great artisan lineages of Kathmandu Valley, have expertly crafts our statues. Under the direct guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, the Shakyas shaped several molds in accordance with the Chokling Tersar tradition. These same molds are still used to this day, ensuring that every detail of our statues are in accordance with tradition. Our statues are filled with the necessary mantras and substances.
Taken as the object of meditation by countless masters of India and Tibet, the image of the Buddha is supreme not just for its enchanting countenance, but for the immeasurable merit gleaned by admiring the Buddha's image with faith alone.
From Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's advice on shamatha and vipasana practice:
Either focus of the image of the Buddha as a whole, or in particular, focus on the unending uṣṇīṣa, the crown of the Buddha’s head, in order to attain the truth of the Noble Ones and pacify dullness. Or to attain samadhi and pacify agitation, focus your attention on the glorious knot at his heart center. Or to accomplish great merit and feel at ease, focus your attention on the clockwise turning coil of white hair between his eyebrows. Or to make throughout the world the great melody of Dharma pervade by teaching the Dharma to beings, focus you attention on the three lines at his throut center, the source of the sixty qualities of melodious speech, called ‘the conch of Dharma.’ Wherever you wish to focus your attention, remain right there.
This 8.5 inch Shakyamuni Buddha statue is made of copper and is gold plated.