Buddha And Death Of Buddha Essay

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Buddha attained enlightenment through his meditations; he was known as the Enlightened One and inspired followers through his teachings. Around the first century CE, Buddha was depicted in human form as a robed monk with elongated ears from wearing heavy jewelry as an adolescent. The robe and lack of jewelry in the representations indicate elimination of both worldly possessions and a life of wealth. In order to further differentiate Buddha from other monks and bodhisattvas (potential Buddha), artists used lakshanas, such as a dot between his brows (urna) and a knot of hair on the crown of his head (ushnisha).
This particular style that Buddha was first depicted in originated in the Gandhara region where Greco- Roman art was utilized. Some of the figures that depict Buddha from this region include Mediating Buddha and The life and death of Buddha scenes, both created in the second century CE. In these figures of Buddha they also include different mudras, the mudras express different meanings. The dhyana mudra (meditation) portrays his right hand over the left hand with palms up and can be seen in the Mediating Buddha statue. This particular statue was carved in a local stone (gray schist) from the Gandhara region. The statue shows Buddha with a robe, lakshanas in a meditating position, and a sun disk or halo behind his head.
The life and death frieze (done in the same stone as the Mediating Buddha) was done as an illustrated chronicle of Buddha’s life. There are four…

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