Three Tibetan anatomical figures. Watercolour, 1904.

  • Saṅs-rgyas-rgya-mtsho, Sde-srid, 1653-1705
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Three human bodies showing different organs. Separate figures show the vertebral column, the solar plexus, and the system of channels connected with the five senses and with consciousness. Along the top, twelve great teachers of medicine



Physical description

1 painting : watercolour, with black ink on white linen ; image 78.8 x 64 cm


Text in dbu can and in dbu med script

References note

L. A. Waddell, Lhasa and its mysteries, London 1905, p. 377
L. A. Waddell, 'Ancient anatomical drawings preserved in Tibet', Asiatic quarterly review, 1910, pp. 336-340
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. 104, thankas banners and paintings no. 53
Yuri Parfionovitch, Fernand Meyer, and Gyurme Dorje, Tibetan medical paintings: illustrations to the blue beryl treatise of Sangye Gyamtso (1653-1705), New York: H.N. Abrams, Inc., 1992, p. 5 and no. 10

Exhibitions note

Exhibited in “Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian medicine” at Wellcome Collection, 16 November 2017 – 8 April 2018


Wellcome Collection 574914i


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