Portrait of Buddha

Dear All,

I was reading the first chapter of Gotama Buddha by Hajime Nakamura, which discusses the Sakya origin and as the descent of Aryan-Mediteranean tribe. I have a very large poster printed quite a long time ago which indicates that it is a portrait of Gotama Buddha, painted by Ananda and currently kept as part of the asset of the British Royal Museum. I've attached a low resolution of this picture.

It does resemble an Aryan-Mediteranean person more than Asian/Mongolian stock which some literature claims.

The features are consistent with very early buddhist sculpture.


Wong LC

Portrait of Buddha

Dear Wong, Bro & Sis,


The picture is nicely painted. Gotama Buddha was having long hair as a Sangha. I thoughts all Sangha will be having short hair, right?

Just wonder compliance to short hair was one of the vinaya rule during G.Buddha time?

With metta,
gaik yen

Portrait of Buddha

Dear Gaik Yen,

Yes, this is a nicely painted picture by Ven Ananda (as claimed in the picture). A copy of the original poster is rare now.

Maybe opinions from other more knowledgable members are welcomed on this matter. by the way, as for the hair issue, i haven't seen a statue/painting/description of the Buddha without hair/short hair.



Portrait of Buddha

The Buddhists while developing the spiritual attainments of the Buddha into the universal concept of Buddhahood, visualised a perfect man who has attained the spiritual height as a human being.
One of the Buddha’s physical attainments include his hair as we have discussed and it is designed differently to distinguish him from his other disciples. He has special curled hair and the hair is pulled back, forming elegant waves and culminating in a tied top-knot covering the ushnisha protuberance – one of the signs of Buddhahood or superior mental powers.
There are also 73 postures of the Buddha, each posture of Buddha images remind the Buddhists of the different episodes of the Buddha’s life – from birth to his Mahaparinibbana.
The first image of the Buddha appear in the 1st century C.E. in Indian style. Before that the human images of the Buddha does not occur during the first 150 centuries of Buddhist arts. In the Buddha’s prior lives, he is portrayed as a non human form in his earlier existence as a deer or other animals. So when Sakyamuni was represented, he was represented symbolically as a tree, a stupa or an empty throne. These symbols are associated with the Buddha. Statues of Buddha’s, bodhisattva emerged in the 1st century C.E. one of the reasons being that the followers miss their teacher and his images somehow indicates his presence to them.