Mongolia, two medicine buddhas

18th century, Mongolia, medicine buddha, gilt c.a. and pigment, photo by Christie's.

18th century, Mongolia, medicine buddha, gilt copper alloy and pigment, Zanabazar school, photo by Christie’s.

18th c., Mongolia, medicine buddha, Zanabazar school, gilt c.a., cold g. on face, myrobalan+bowl

The buddha is seated in the vajra position, he holds an alms bowl in his left hand and a medicinal fruit (myrobalan) in the other. The hem of his sanghati is incised with a floral pattern. The lower part of his garment is gathered under him into a semi-circular floral shape. The tall double-lotus base has broad petals, a row of incisions and a row of thick beading, to imitate stamens.

18th c., Mongolia, medicine buddha, Zanabazar school, gilt c.a., cold g. on face,face

His face is delicately painted with cold gold and pigments, his hair with lapis lazuli powder and topped with a gold finial. One end of his upper garment forms a pleated ‘fishtail’ over his left shoulder.

18th century, Mongolia, medicine buddha, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie's.

18th century, Mongolia, medicine buddha, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie’s.

Here, the lower part of his garment  forms small pleats under him without any particular shape. The lower tier of the base is incised with a floral motif. The facial features have not been painted with pigments.

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