THE Journey OF THE BUDDHA - Ronnie H. Jackson

  This gallery exhibits visual representations of the Buddha. The images reflect on his path, teachings, and enlightenment. Buddhism transpired from the erudition of the Buddha. Profoundly distraught by the inexorable suffering of human existence and the eternal recurrence of suffering, he sought for a puritanical life. Subsequent to six years of meditation, he reached enlightenment; Thus becoming the Buddha. Though he is not glorified as a god, he is admired as an omniscient being; his principles and discipline compose the essence of Buddhism.

This painting was created in Tibet during the 18th century. The image depicts the Buddha sitting in the middle of multiple deities. The lotus throne - in which he sits on - represents nirvana. The principle of emphasis is used to focus on the figure of the Buddha; displaying his idolized presence and teachings among the way of life.
This structure was created in Java, Indonesia during 800-899 AD. This representation of the Buddha head was carved out of volcanic stone. Symmetrical balance is used to provide a realistic image of his head and facial features. The spot placed between his eyes is a symbol of all-knowing wisdom. The Buddha head was displayed in a monument to commemorate his spiritual awakening and importance in the Buddhist religion.
This portrayal of the Buddha was created in 400-599 AD during the Gupta period. Carved out of sandstone, this image displays the Buddha sitting on a throne. During this time, depictions of the Buddha mostly related to significant periods in his life. Unity is represented by creating a sense of harmony in the structure as a whole. The Buddha's hands show indication of preaching. The figure of the Buddha represents his wisdom and teaching of his enlightenment.
Created in Tibet during the 13th century, this structure is made from gilt copper alloy with pigment. The principle of proportion is used to create a realistic image. The figure of the Buddha is represented in living, human form. Images of the Buddha in this form portray him in a physical body to showcase the manifestation of human form to teach people his path to enlightenment.
This figure was created by an unknown artist during 400-500 AD. Carved out of sandstone, it depicts different events that occurred throughout the Buddha's life. The life of the Buddha plays a significant role in the Buddhist religion. Important moments in his life have been represented in different forms of art. The principle of variety is created with the use of different scenes that guide your eye throughout the work and series of occurrences. The four images on this structure portray a sequence of events, starting at the bottom with his birth. The second image represents other beings that are surrounding the meditating Buddha. The third depiction displays the Buddha preaching his practice to beings who wish to reach enlightenment. The top portrayal displays the deceased Buddha laying on a seat crowded by grieving adherents. Such effigies representing the life of the Buddha manifest salient elements of Buddhism and the path to reach enlightenment.
This sculpture was created in South Asia during the Licchavi - Thakuri period. It is made out of gilt bronze, copper alloy with black pigment, cold and mercury gilding, and possible vestige of lacquer. This model represents the Buddha standing on a plinth in the shape of a lotus flower. The Buddha appears in human form because he is standing. With his body in a slightly curved form, his right hand is facing palm out and his left hand is holding his clothing. The Buddha is portrayed in a graceful and poised manner. The principle of rhythm is presented in the shape of the bottom of the garment; creating the illusion that the fabric is flowing in movement. The image of the Buddha on a lotus is symbolic in Buddhism. Representing the transcendental state - nirvana - it is a pivotal fragment in the life of the Buddha and his attainment of enlightenment.
This model is considered U-Thong in style dated in 14th century in Thailand. Made out of bronze, this sculpture displays the figure of the Buddha in early life. He is sitting and appears in meditation form; his left hand placed across his lap with his right hand reached out towards the ground. This motion is an indication that he is summoning the world to be observers while he becomes the enlightened one. Asymmetrical balance is used to create emphasis on this gesture. This depiction is the most momentous part in the life of the Buddha. His manifestation to enlightenment created the nature of Buddhism.
This bronze sculpture depicts the Buddha in meditation pose, placed on a pedestal. He is positioned with his left hand on his cloak and his right hand facing palm out. This gesture represents a profound expression of stability. An intricate panel that displays seven beings encompassing the Buddha. The seven images portray the seven aspects of enlightenment. This model exhibits the principle of variety in the use of multiple elements. The placement of the different images creates a unity. The figure of the Buddha is an important aspect of the Buddhist religion Created in 477, this sculpture is observed as a major representation of spiritual context.
This sculpture was made from schist stone during 240-300 AD. It depicts the Buddha sitting in meditation position. Two figures appear to be praising in reverence below the Buddha. The use of emphasis is presented in large figure of the Buddha compared to the smaller figures. This principle creates focus on the significance of the Buddha. This sculpture portrays the essence of the Buddhist practice.
This image depicts the Buddha in meditation pose. His left hand is across his lap and his right hand is extended toward his chest. This motion signifies intellect and teaching; exerting knowledge. The asymmetrical balance indicates focus to this hand gesture. This sculpture was constructed from gilt bronze during 965-1025 in the Liao Dynasty. The representation of the Buddha exhibits his wisdom and transcendent spirit among followers seeking the path of enlightenment.
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