About This Artwork

Central Tibet

Painted Banner (Thangka) with the Medicine Buddha (Bhaishajyaguru), 14th century

Pigment and gold on cotton
104 x 82.7 cm (41 x 32 1/2 in.)

Kate S. Buckingham Fund, 1996.29

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Albuquerque, The Albuquerque Museum, Tibet: Tradition and Change, October 18, 1997-May 24, 1998.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure, April 5, 2003- August 17, 2003.

Washington, DC, The Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, October 18, 2003- January 11, 2004.

Publication History

Pratapaditya Pal with contributions by Lobsang Lhalungpa, Thubten J. Norbu, Robert Sachs, Robert A.F. Thurman, and Tashi Woser, Tibet: Tradition and Change, (The Albuquerque Museum, 1997), pp. 86-7, (ill.) pl. 43.

Pratapaditya Pal with contributions by Amy Heller, Oskar von Hinuber, and Gautama V. Vajracharya, Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure (The Art Institute of Chicago, 2003), pp. 190-192: pl. 125.

Tanya Treptow, "Bhaishajyaguru Mandala" in The Silk Road and Beyond: Travel, Trade and Transformation, Museum Studies 33, 1, p. 78, (ill.) p. 79.

James Cuno, Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum (The University of Chicago Press, Chicago & London, 2011), p. 66, (ill.) pl. 3.

Dawn Hall, Tibet: Tradition and Change (The Albuquerque Museum, 1997), pp. 86-87, pl. 43.

Ownership History

Sold to the Art Institute by Namka Dorjee, London, United Kingdom, January 24, 1996.

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