|Date Range||1400 - 1499|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
Agni (Tibetan: me lha. English: God of Fire): 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. (See Vatadhara, Holder of the Wind).
Agni is generally depicted as an elderly man with long white hair piled on the top of the head with some falling loose across the shoulders and back. He also has a white moustache and beard. In the right hand he holds a triangular fire hearth with wisps of red flames above. The left hand holds a bead mala. He is adorned with a crown and jewel ornaments along with various heavenly garments, riding atop a goat.
"...outer circle, in the east...Agni, red, holding a fire pot, riding on a goat." Collection of All Tantras, vol. 1, page 116.
The textile at the to depicts the Eight Auspicious Symbols. The textile below depicts the Seven Jewels of Royalty.
Tenzin Dharlo, 5-2006
Indian Deity: Agni
Buddhist Deity: Medicine Buddha (Retinue Figure Masterworks)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art (RMA): Main Page
Subject: Strings of Miniature Paintings (Banners)
Buddhist Deity: Medicine Buddha Main Page
Painting Style: Gyantse Scroll Paintings
Subject: Tetrahedron (dharmakara/dharmadayo) Main Page
Textile Set: Embroidered Mounts
Buddhist Deity: Medicine Buddha (retinue figures)
Collection of RMA: Best of Collection 2