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.
Place where the work was made
bronze, gold leaf
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Sarah Mitchell in memory of her father Raymond Mitchell 2007
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Raymond Mitchell, pre Apr 2006, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia
Sarah Mitchell, Apr 2006-2007, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, by descent. Donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2007.