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Thangka

Native NameThangka
Object Number:51-41-9
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhism
Buddhist
Provenience: East Tibet
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Iconography:Bhaisajyaguru Buddha
Suryaprabha
Chandraprabha
The Seven Buddhas of Medicine
Tsongkhapa
Lama
Attendants
Manjusri
Avalokitesvara
Deva
Brahma
Indra
Vajrapani
Yaksa
Jewel-Spitting Mongoose
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Credit Line:Gift of Schuyler V. R. Cammann, 1951

Description

Painting of Bhaisajyaguru, Medicine Buddha, with his associated deities of Suryaprabha, Chandraprabha and the 7 Buddhas of Medicine. Thangkas are paintings which are often used as meditational aids. The Buddha holds a bowl made of lapis lazuli which holds a divine healing nectar (amṛta) which is meant to be received through meditation. Also represented are Tsongkhapa and his two attendants, two high lama incarnations. Below the throne is Manjusri, Avalokitesvara, Vajrapani in demon form, 12 Yaksa (each holding a mongoose spewing jewels), 4 Deva Kings, Brahma and Indra.

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