Protector Aspect of Medicine Buddha

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Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York ©MAIERMOUL

Left panel detail of warriors surrounding Yaoshi fo, ca. 1319.

Water-based pigment over foundation of clay mixed with straw
Dimensions of the mural H. 24 ft. 8 in. (751.8 cm); W. 49 ft. 7 in. (1511.3 cm)
The twelve warriors in this mural symbolize the bodhisattva vow to attain enlightenment in the service of others, and to remain in the world until all sentient beings are also liberated.

Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo)
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)