David Henry Hwang
The three heads
of Buddha evoke another issue which interests me: how images are
appropriated by different peoples in order to reflect themselves
and differing standards of beauty. Note the almost Greek or Roman
features of the Pakistani Buddha, as opposed to the more Asian characteristics
of those from Cambodia and Indonesia. Which is the more "authentic"
depiction of the great thinker? Clearly, different peoples and generations
have always reinterpreted images and stories to suit their own needs.