Bhaishajyaguru (The Medicine Buddha)
Object Place: Tibet
Overall: 124 x 77cm (48 13/16 x 30 5/16in.)
Medium or Technique
Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocade, wood and metal dowels
Not On View
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.
On reverse, in red ink in formal Tibetan block script behind each figure: "Om, Ah, Hum"
1907, Edward Waldo Forbes, Cambrige, MA; 1907, gift of Forbes to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 11, 1907)
Gift of Edward W. Forbes