An image of Kubera

Unknown Artist

Kubera

Location
Not on display
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.

Place of origin
Tibet
Year
16th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
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