The Lalita-Vistara, a Mahayana text mentions seven Manushi Buddhas. In sculptural form, the Mortal Buddhas look alike. The most popular of all the Mortal Buddhas is Gautama, who belongs to this age and who is most widely represented in Indian Buddhist art.
In this sculpture in brass, Buddha is seated on a lotus seat (padmasana) in deep meditation, with the soles of the feet turned upwards. He wears a monastic garment reaching from the shoulders to the ankles, leaving the right shoulder and breast left base. His right hand touches the earth in bhumi sparsha mudra.
The left hand lies in his lap with the palm turned
upwards with a vace placed on it. With the Buddha image, the human figure
for the first time in the history of art came to be invested with supreme
spiritual and moral values. He acquired thirty-two superior and eighty
inferior auspicious outward marks indicative of his spiritual attainments.
The most important of the thirty-two superior marks is the full sized usmisa
(the protuberance of the skull), which becomes the receptacle for the divine
mind. The skull and the protuberance are covered with flat locks of hair
ritually turned to the right (the direction of happiness).
This description by Renu Rana.
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