“Wooden-Effect Buddha Head” Painting, Brown 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 a beautifully detailed, realistic wooden texture over a velvety black background and depicts a solemn and focused expression. This black-brown colour combination in rich, deep tones and wooden effect draws nature indoors and adds a modern, sophisticated look to this traditional depiction of the Buddha in meditation with the appeal of both statue and painting.

In Buddhist artwork, the colour black 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 any modern home, office or space used for meditation, yoga and other mindfulness practices, or as a unique addition to any religious/spiritual artwork collection. It is also 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
Size: 60 cm x 80 cm
Material: Mixed Media on Canvas

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