The Eight Medicine Buddhas

Historical period(s)
18th century
Opaque watercolor and gold on canvas
H x W: 61.5 x 41 cm (24 3/16 x 16 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

abhaya mudra, anjali mudra, Buddha Bhaisajyaguru, Buddhism, dharmachakra, dharmachakra mudra, dhyana mudra, lotus, mandala, medicine, Tibet, varada mudra

To 1903
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1903 [1]

From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in Japan in 1903 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 335, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. For information regarding purchase location, see Accession List.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Published References
  • Schuyler Cammann. A Tibetan Painting in the Freer Gallery: The Paradise of Bhaisajyaguru. 6th series, vol. 25, no. 927 New York and Paris, May 1944. pp. 283-298.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum