Tibet, Vaishravana (2)

17th century, Tibet, Vaishravana, gilt metal, at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

17th century, Tibet, Vaishravana, gilt metal, at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Vaishravana is sitting on a lion, dressed in armour and holding a mongoose in his right hand, the parasol is missing from the other. There is a floral design incised on the base which, along with the rich stone inlay and the billowing scarf  points to the 17th century circa. His face has been painted with cold gold and pigments and his hair and the fluffy parts of the lion have been coated with lapis lazuli powder, probably at a much more recent stage.

17th century, Tibet, Vaishravana, painted wood, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel.

17th century, Tibet, Vaishravana, painted wood, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel.

Although the parasol is missing from the above wooden statue, we can see the mongoose that he is holding in his left hand.

17th-18th century, Central Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, at the Patan Museum (Nepal).

17th-18th century, Central Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, at the Patan Museum (Nepal).

Here he holds a victory banner. His breast plates are lotus flowers that match his earrings.

18th century, Tibet, iron, private collection.

18th-19th century, Tibet, iron, private collection.

 

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