ARTEFACTS

Medicine Buddha

  • Оточ (бурхан) / Манал / Манла / Otoč (burxan) / Manal / Manla
  • Otuči
  • sMan bla
  • Bhaiṣajyaguru
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  • 19th century
  • Mineral pigment
  • Height: not filled / Width: not filled / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 4304
  • Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
  • © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW
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The dark blue Medicine Buddha, Bhaishajyaguru, was popular as a single deity but also as the leader of the group of the Seven Medicine Buddhas, often with the addition of Buddha Shakyamuni. Wearing the three robes of an ordained monk, Bhaishajyaguru sits absorbed in deep meditation. With his right hand, he displays the gesture of boon-granting and, at the same, grasps the stem of a ripe myrobalan fruit. His left rests on his lap with an alms-bowl made of blue beryl that is filled with ambrosia. His Tibetan name “Sman bla” for Bhaishajyaguru is printed beneath the image.
© Olaf Czaja
Medicine Buddha
/ Mongolia / 19th century / Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig / © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW

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