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The Eight Medicine Buddhas

19th century

Object Place: Tibet


Other (Image): 99 x 66cm (39 x 26in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton mounted with silk brocades, wood dowels

Not On View





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

A large central figure of Baisajyaguru with blue skin sits surrounded by the seven other Medicine Buddhas. The central figure has his right hand in varada mudra holding the stem of a myrobalan plant; his left hand holds a begging bowl containing myrobalan fruit. To his right and left are Bodhisattvas, each standing and holding the stem of a lotus, one with the solar disc, the other with the moon. At the top of the painting is a canopy with jewels, brocades, and scarfs. At the bottom, on the left is foliage with offerings of a mirror, conch, fruit, etc (representing the five senses) on the bottom right are the eight glorious emblems, including 2 fishes, chakra, eternity knot, umbrella, conch, vase, and standard.


On reverse, in red ink, in Tibetan, "Om, Ah, Hum"


1947, Miss Lucy Aldrich, Providence, RI; 1947, gift of Aldrich to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1947)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich