Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Buddha Appearance Page

Buddha Iconography

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Buddhas with Buddha Appearance
- Eleven Figurative Forms
- Buddha Appearance Outline Page
- Explanation of Iconographic Form
- Shakyamuni Buddha
- Types & Forms of Shakyamuni
- Confusions
- Others...

- Buddha Appearance
- Thirty-two Major Marks

Miscellaneous Topics:
- Hand Gesture & Mudras
- Unusual Hand Gestures
- Postures in Iconography
- Buddha Sculpture: Tsuglakang Temple
- Confusions
- Others...

Buddha Appearance is based on the Thirty-two major and Eighty-minor Marks of a Buddha according to the lists provided in the early Buddhist sutra literature. These special bodily characteristics follow the Indian cultural model of a universal emperor, a Chakravartin.

Jeff Watt [updated 4-2017]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).