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The Buddha Aksobhya surrounded by six hundred and ten replicas of himself. Distemper painting by a Tibetan painter.


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In the centre is the Buddha Akṣobhya, with his right hand forming the earth-touching gesture, his left hand in meditation gesture, and with a vajra (thunderbolt) poised on his flat left hand. He is seated in meditation-posture. His halo and body-nimbus are green. He is wearing a dark orange outer robe and a light orange inner robe. In front of him is a dish of jewels flanked by two white elephants. He is surrounded by six hundred and ten replicas of himself, all in monk's robes, holding the vajra in their left palm. Some are wearing dark orange robes, some light orange, and their body-nimbuses have different colours The top of the dark blue damask has a gold brocade inset representing a dragon, the bottom of the brocade has a gold brocade inset representing a lion

Publication/Creation

[Tibet]

Physical description

1 painting : distemper on linen ; distemper 75 x 48 cm

Publications note

Marianne Winder, Catalogue of Tibetan manuscripts and xylographs, and catalogue of thankas, banners and other paintings and drawings in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London 1989, p. 84, thankas banners and paintings no. 18

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 47074i



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