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Buddhist Art

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 | Author:

buddhist_priest_goldBuddha’s life and teachings have been an inspiration to artists in many countries especially in Asia. Buddhist art originated in the Indian subcontinent and then following the life of Gautam Buddha and his religious practices the art too spread through various Asian countries and later to the world. Early Buddhist art did not represent direct human figure. But later the Buddha started emerging in human form in various art forms in the so called iconic period. Buddhist art followed as Buddhist dharma expanded and evolved in different countries. In India Buddhist art flourished and influenced the development of Hindu art. 


Votive tablets and Sanskrit inscriptions are the main feature of Buddhist art symbols especially in the Gupta art style. The vast art pieces of ancient Buddhist imagery is also used as emblems and decoration for both public monuments and private homes. Modern Buddhist art is an adopted manifestation of the traditional Buddhist art forms especially the hand gestures popularly called as mudras in the Indian language. Most modern Buddhist art conveys the same generalized natural light of bright colors and a stylized feature common to other popular imagery in Indian art. What makes Buddhist art unique is its style and iconography and the religious significance that it holds. Modern Buddhist art prints carry the picture of a bodhisattva or peculiar floral motifs. Most Buddhist artist’s primary point is to show what they say and not how they say. Buddhist art has indeed come a long way and still accentuates its importance amongst art lovers.