New Delhi: Jesus would have likely had a darker complexion and dark, short, curly hair, a forensic expert claimed in his new recreation.
Using modern-day forensic techniques, retired medical artist Richard Neave has recreated the face of 'Jesus' by studying Semite skulls.
His portrait shows the Son of God may have had a dark eyes, wide face, thick beard and short curly hair, as well as a tanned complexion.
These features would likely have been typical of Middle Eastern Jews in the Galilee area of northern Israel.
Dr Neave emphasized the portrait is that of an adult man living at the same time and place as Jesus. However, some experts say his depiction is still likely far more accurate than paintings by the great masters.
Without remains or a skeleton that can be categorically confirmed as Jesus, and a lack of physical descriptions in the New Testament, many early images have been based either on the society in which the painter or sculptor lived, or hearsay.
Keeping this in mind, Dr Neave, formerly from the University of Manchester, used a technique called forensic anthropology as well as fragments of information from the Bible, to create the portrait that may resemble the religious figure, Popular Mechanics reported.