Confucius (or Kongzi, Kung-tzu, Kongfuzi, or Kung-fu-tzu) is the greatest sage of the Chinese. The pictures of a Confucius below come from old drawings and paintings.
Confucius is the ultimate philosopher in Chinese tradition, the uncrowned king. The English name
Confucius is actually a Latin rendering of the Chinese name "Kongfuzi," which means Master Kong.
Kong was Confucius's surname. His first name was Qiu but nobody except himself refers to him by this
name. Everyone else is supposed to use an honorific term such as Kongfuzi (Master Kong) or Fuzi (Master).
Although Confucianist tradition is mainly textual, there are still plenty of pictures of Confucius
in Chinese history. All of these images depict him as a sage and a teacher.
Pictures 3, 4 and 5 below are actually foreign renditions of Confucius. This is how the West saw him, undoubtedly
on the basis of some Chinese originals.