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Bhaishajyaguru (The Medicine Buddha)

Tibetan
18th–19th century?


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

Overall: 124 x 77cm (48 13/16 x 30 5/16in.)

Accession Number

07.302

Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocade, wood and metal dowels

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with streamers, veil and decorative stitched borders.

Bhaishajyaguru (the Medicine Buddha) sits at the center holding a begging bowl in his left hand; his right hand holds a branch of myrobalan and is in varada mudra. He is surrounded by eight Buddhas, probably the medicine Buddhas. Above are the five Tathagata Buddhas. Below are eight Bodhisattvas.

Inscription

On reverse, in red ink in formal Tibetan block script behind each figure: "Om, Ah, Hum"

Provenance

1907, Edward Waldo Forbes, Cambrige, MA; 1907, gift of Forbes to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 11, 1907)

Credit Line

Gift of Edward W. Forbes