Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Medicine Buddha - Retinue Figure

སངས་རྒྱས་སྨན་ལྷ། 药师佛
(item no. 61144)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Jijig, Medicine Buddha retinue figure.

Jijig (Tibetan: ji jig. English: frightful): retinue deity of the eastern side of the Medicine Buddha Mandala of Fifty-one Deities. This painting belongs to a larger set depicting all fifty-one deities. Several works from this set are known in Western art collections.

"...at the eastern door...Jijig, yellow, [holding] a vajra, ...the left holds a mongoose." Collection of All Tantras vol.1, page 117.

Jeff Watt 2-2009

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