“Tranquil Buddha Head” Painting, Grey on Black – Acrylic on Canvas (60x80 cm)

The Buddha’s head in artwork radiates feelings of warmth, happiness, composure, serenity, wisdom and compassion, and can help inspire us into deeper, concentrated meditative practice and introspection. This painting renders the Buddha’s head in shades of grey emerging from the velvety blackness of space with a solemn and focused expression. This neutral, greyscale colour combination and minimalistic vibe evokes the stoic, timeless nature of the Buddha and his teachings with a modern, sophisticated twist.

In Buddhist artwork, the colour black (and grey) represents the overcoming of hate and anger with clarity and truth, the transformation of evil into good, and is associated with the Air element. The palette and essence captured here is perfect for adding a spiritual vibe to a classy and sleek modern home, office or any space used for meditation, yoga and other mindfulness practices, or as a unique addition to any religious/spiritual artwork collection. It is a favourite design among men and women alike.

In Buddhist art and tradition, the Buddha head is one of the most popular iconographic representations. The head represents a wealth of knowledge and wisdom, an ability to disconnect mind from body (achieve Bodhisattva state), as well as all the other characteristics of greatness the Buddha possesses, which are intended to serve as inspiration for all of humanity to follow. Each aspect of his head further encodes specific symbolism and meaning. The ushnisha - or crown of coiled curls circling a protruding oval atop his head - symbolizes his spiritual power, expanded wisdom, knowledge and evolved ideals. The urna - the 3rd eye mark on the forehead - symbolizes his all-seeing inner vision and capacity to see beyond the mundane world of suffering to find (and walk) the path to Enlightenment. His ears are large with elongated earlobes symbolizing both his renunciation of material wealth (having been a Prince who once wore heavy jewelry) and his attainment of spiritual wealth in his ability to hear and ease the sounds of the world’s suffering with compassion. He is shown with short, curly hair (rather than with long hair or the shaved head of a monk) to symbolize Buddha’s choosing the middle path between indulgence and asceticism.

Canvas comes stretched and framed, ready to hang.

Origin: Bali
Material: Acrylic on Canvas
Size:60 cm x 80 cm

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