Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Medicine Buddha - Retinue Buddha

སངས་རྒྱས་སྨན་ལྷ། 药师佛
(item no. 65355)
Origin Location Himalayan Region
Date Range 1300 - 1399
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Abhijnana Buddha (Tibetan Wylie: mngon mkhyen rgyal po. Ngon Kyen Gyalpo): belonging to the retinue and mandala of Medicine Buddha. He is red in colour with the right hand in the gesture of generosity and the left in meditation.

Along the bottom, starting on the viewer's left, is Yaksha [33 (8)], yellow, holding a mongoose, and riding a horse, Ishana [34 (9)], white, holding a trident, and riding a buffalo, Bhudevi [35 (10]), yellow, holding a vase, and riding a sow. The four figures on the right side of the register are the Kings of the Four Directions: Vaishravana, Virupaksha, Virudhaka and Dhritarashtra [48-51].

Jeff Watt 8-2009

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Buddhist Deity: Medicine Buddha (Miscellaneous Painting Sets)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art (RMA): Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Medicine Buddha Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Medicine Buddha (Early Paintings)
Buddhist Deity: Differences in Buddha Appearance