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The Interconnecting Blood Vessels: Back View (Thangka 10)


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The Interconnecting Blood Vessels: Back View. Medicine Thangka 10. Watercolour on linen, 1904. Three Tibetan anatomical figures. 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. Assumed to be one of the four copies of a painting shown to L.A. Waddell at the Chagpori medical college in Lhasa in 1904. The painting is one in a set of eighty commissioned by Sangye Gyamtso (Regent of the fifth Dalai Lama) in 1687 and completed by 1703, as part of his treatise "The blue beryl", a commentary on the Four tantras (Rgyud bzhi) of the Medicine Buddha (Bhaisajyaguru).


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The Interconnecting Blood Vessels: Back View (Thangka 10). Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

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