And of course stone carving. From all the statues I have seen I found this one simply the best example of the fine craftsmanship. The statue is only 40cm high made in green granit. The high risk the artist took was carving such fine details especially in the arms of the Bhuda as one wrong hammering could have broken it very easily and then all the work would have been waste. The green granite is slightly a softer stone then the black granite and had this beatiful soft green shine in it.
All the stones the stone-carver are using comes from a quarry outside Mamallpuram as the red granit found here is not of good quality.
The funny story about this statue is that I was inquiring about the price and the next day they doubled it up to 600 Euro. So I decided to take only a photo. They poored water on it to make it more shiny.