THE FIGURE:

"La Vague" (The Wave) painted in in 1896 by William Bougeureau was first exhibited in the Paris salon in 1896. The pose of the figure in La Vague is from the classical depiction of river gods. 

THE BACKGROUND:

Unknown Buddhist mural.  An important function of these murals is to commemorate Buddha's deeds. It was believed that through knowing the works, sacrifices and challenges The Buddha had  to endure we may develop a strong resolution to brave the path of the enlightened.