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An image of Kubera by
Alternate image of Kubera by

Tibet

Title
Kubera
Place of origin
Tibet
Year
16th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
gilt bronze
Dimensions

12.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Sarah Mitchell in memory of her father Raymond Mitchell 2007
Accession number
46.2007
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Kubera, also known as Vaishravana, is the Buddhist guardian of wealth and treasures. This role of the deity is underscored by the attribute in the figure's right hand, a 'nakula', or mongoose that spits coins and gems. The figure's rotund, corpulent form, as well as the rich crown and elaborate jewellery he wears, also allude to prosperity and wellbeing. Despite the direct references to material wealth, within the Buddhist context, the treasure that Kubera ultimately protects is religious teachings that will lead a practitioner to perfection.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2007.

Bibliography (2)

Chaya Chandrasekhar with Jane Somerville, Look, 'Kubera: God of Wealth', p.27, Newtown, Nov 2007, 27 (colour illus.).

Jane Wynter (Editor), Foundation Newsletter #10, Sydney, Jul 2007, (colour illus.). The colour illus. is on the second last page of the newsletter.

Exhibition history (1)

Conversations 2014, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015