It's not clear exactly which mudra
we're seeing here, as it appears to be an atypical form. Besides the dharmachakra
, it might also be the vitarka
or (less probably) the karana
. I'd say the statue is modern and perhaps Taiwanese, so we're getting to the point where talking about Hellenistic influences are a little beside the point.
But one can find examples:
And why? Because these came from 1st-2nd century Gandhara, which is where Alexander's attempt on India washed up! Some of the stuff from this area and period is hard on my brain, because you can almost see the Asian and Hellenistic influences fighting for position in the figures.
Some people want to claim that this influence goes as far as East as (for instance) the colossal Amida buddha of Kamakura. This strikes me as a huge stretch, as the only even vaguely Hellenistic influences I see in the latter are that it is fairly realistic and that it has the characteristic fine folding of the fabric. The posture of the meditating Amida is about as rigidly non-Hellenistic as one can get. And of course, when you start down this road you get the people who claim that Christianity is influenced by Mahayana Buddhism.
And if you see the Buddha on your plate,EAT HIM!
(Yes, those are cupcakes)