Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Medicine Buddha - Retinue Figure

སངས་རྒྱས་སྨན་ལྷ། 药师佛
(item no. 65272)
Origin Location China
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Vatadhara (Tibetan: lung dzin. English: Holder of the Wind): retinue deity of the northern 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 Agni, the God of Fire).

"...in the Eastern direction...Vatadhara, red, [holding] a trident, ...the left holds a mongoose." Collection of All Tantras vol.1, page 117.

Tenzin Dharlo, 5-2006

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