Tibet, Bhaisajyaguru (2)

15th century, Tibet, Bhaisajyaguru, gilt copper and pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

15th century, Tibet, Bhaisajyaguru, gilt copper and pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Bhaisajyaguru holds a medicine jar in his left hand and a small arura fruit in the other.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Bhaisajyaguru, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Bhaisajyaguru, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Arura (often called ‘myrobalan’, which is a generic term referring to various plants) is used in Tibetan medicine for its healing properties. The above figure holds a particularly large fruit. On most sculptures the fruit looks like a large seed in the palm of his hand.

16th century, Tibet, Bhaisajyaguru, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Bhaisajyaguru, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

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He normally has a raised urna on his forehead (which is meant to be a lock of hair, not a third eye).

Undated (18th century?), probably Tibeto-Chinese, Bhaisajyaguru, at the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg (Russia).

Undated (18th century?), probably Tibeto-Chinese, Bhaisajyaguru, at the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg (Russia).

 

 

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