The element of blue is integral to the iconography of Lord Bhaishajyaguru. Bhaishajyaguru is the healing aspect of Buddha, popularly known as the Medicine Buddha. He is possessed of (mostly) the same form and stance as the contemplative Shakyamuni: legs gathered in padmasana, superb facial muscles indicative of steep samadhi, and a stately torso with the robe draped over a single shoulder.
The most striking aspect of this Bhaishajyaguru composition is the robe. Prussian blue hems (indicative of the healing aspect) dotted with gold bead trims. Solid-coloured silver fabric superimposed with coppery filigree work. Similar handiwork is to be found on the halo behind the Lord’s head. Its perfectly circular quality sets off the delicate shape of the Buddha’s princely face.
The implements in Bhaishajyaguru’s hands are what set His iconography apart from the simple seated Buddha. A pot of the thrice-mixed elixir and a sprig of the myrobalan, defined by solid red inlay. Similar inlay in blue is to be found studded in His earlobes. Note the hints of myrobalan in the region as it complements the harmony of the features of His face.
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