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Tibetan Gilt Bronze Figure of Vaishravana - AM.0176
Origin: Tibet
Circa: 1700 AD to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 8.6" (21.8cm) high x 6.25" (15.9cm) wide
Collection: Asian Art
Medium: Gilt Bronze

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: Great Britain
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Vaishravana was an ancient Indian god who became extremely popular in Tibet. Venerated as a guardian and bestower of wealth, he is shown seated upon a snarling snow lion. In his left hand he holds a mongoose spitting gems symbolising his association with prosperity. In his right hand he holds the banner of victory (dhvaja). The figure is set against a flaming mandorla and rests upon a lotus pedestal. The high quality of this sculpture is evident in the detail employed in the ornate crown and heavy earrings as well as the skilful drapery. A celestial scarf floats elegantly just above the shoulders and the hem of the lower garment is carefully incised with a stylized foliate motif. The head of the lion is also unusually expressive for sculptures of this kind. The mouth is wide open with the teeth clearly visible and the mane radiates out as if caught in a strong wind. That Vaishravana has succeeded in taming this wild beast is evident from the trappings, perhaps bells, suspended on a band around the lion’s neck.

The mandorla is a separate piece which fits into two slots on the reverse of the base. Vaishravana and the snow lion are one piece that also slots into the base. The banner of victory is detachable so there are four parts to this object in total. - (AM.0176)


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