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Title

Kubera


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Tibet


Date

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



Place

Where the work was made
Tibet

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Chaya Chandrasekhar with Jane Somerville, Look, 'Kubera: God of Wealth', p.27, Sydney, 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.