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Medicine Buddhas (group)

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  • Thangka
  • 19th century
  • Pigment on cotton
  • Height: 81 cm / Width: 57 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 3544
  • Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
  • © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW
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This print consists of two part. The upper part shows the dark blue Medicine Buddha, Bhaishajyaguru, who was popular as a single deity but also as the leader of the group of the Seven Medicine Buddhas, with the addition of Buddha Shakyamuni. Wearing the three robes of an ordained monk, he 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. A Geluk monk, possibly Tsongkhapa, together with Maitreya and Manjushri, sits above. The Green and the White Tara sit to the sides of his throne. The lower part is an amulet praying for the help of Kubera, the god of wealth.
© Olaf Czaja
Medicine Buddhas (group)
/ Mongolia / 19th century / Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig / © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW

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