This worldly protector or lokapala, is the guardian of the East and king of the Gandharvas. He is normally depicted dressed in armour and thick boots, standing or sitting, with a string instrument in his hands.
The lokapala’s breast plates are shaped like lotus flowers. He holds a lute with a headstock shaped like a lion’s head. There is an inscription in Tibetan at the back that reads “guardian of the right tenth region”.
The headstock of this instrument is shaped like a hook. The plain square cushion and animal skin on which he sits are often found on 18th century Tibetan seated figures.