Depicted in this thangka is the Medicine Buddha in a seated position on a lotus throne. He is wearing layers of a Buddhist monk robe (notice the cloth draped over his shoulder). In his left hand is a jar that contains medicine nectar with a myrobalan plant growing in it. The fruit of this plant has medicinal benefits. Meanwhile, his right hand is on his knee holding a stem of the Aruna fruit with his thumb and forefinger in a gift-giving pose or mudra. His skin is blue and his aura is depicted with gold tones that further highlighted his skin tone. This blue tone can also be connected with his association with lapis-lazuli, a metamorphic rock valued as a semi-precious stone and has a deep-blue color. It is also said that upon his Buddhahood, his Pure Land is also tinted in lapis-lazuli whose color shines over the land as also seen in this thangka with blue rays emanating outside the circle he sits in. A quick zoom on the big halo (aura) shows there are seven swirl-like elements which are symbols of the Seven Bhaisajyaguru Buddhas and seven apsaras.
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