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How to Draw Buddha, the Right Way

During the Golden Age of Tibetan Gupta rule, strict guidelines were created for how one should draw Buddha. And they’re insanely specific.

From the 4th to 6th century, the concept of the ‘ideal image’ of Buddha took shape in Tibet. A book containing these precise, iconometric guidelines was produced in the 18th century, depicting exactly how one should draw Buddha and Bodhisattva figures.

Consisting of 36 ink drawings, the book served as a guide not only for the deity’s proportions but also number of teeth, eye color and direction of hairs with each carrying special significance.

Beauty in specificity. 


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