Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Medicine Buddha - Main Form

སངས་རྒྱས་སྨན་ལྷ། 药师佛
(item no. 24086)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Jonang (Sakya) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Buddha

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Medicine Guru Buddha (Tibetan: sang gye men la. English: the Buddha - Guru of Medicine). (See the Medicine Buddha Main Page and the Outline Page).

Tibetan: Sang gye men la

This unusual composition depicting the Medicine Buddha belongs to the Jonang Tradition and was likely painted in the Dzamthang region of Eastern Tibet which is now located in Sichuan Provine of China. The fifty-one figures that comprise the Medicine Buddha Mandala such as the eight Medicine Buddhas and Prajnaparamita are located above the central figure and in the lower left. The Sixteen Bodhisattvas are arranged in front of the throne. The worldly gods and deities are in the foreground along with depictions of teachers and monks such as Padmasambhava. The four Guardian Kings are located in the bottom right and left corners. The Twelve Yaksha Generals appear to be absent from this composition.

Jeff Watt 2-2016

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Collection: Christie's, New York (Painting. March, 2016)
Buddhist Deity: Medicine Buddha Main Page