Tibet, Vaishravana (3)

14th century, Tibet, Vaishravana, stone and pigment, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

14th century, Tibet, Vaishravana, stone and pigment, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

This rare stone stele depicts Vaishravana sitting on a lion, dressed in armour and thick boots, holding a banner of victory in his right hand and a mongoose that spews jewels in the left one. He is adorned with lotus earrings and has the effigy of a wrathful deity (probably Mahakala) in his headdress.

16th century, Tibet, Vaishravana, ivory plaque, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Vaishravana, ivory plaque, photo by Christie’s.

On this equally rare sculpture, Vaishravana is riding a horse and holds a small sword, as does his attendant below.

16th century, Tibet, Vaishravana, bronze, at the Pacific Asia Museum.

16th century, Tibet, Vaishravana, bronze, at the Pacific Asia Museum.

Like the ivory one above dating more or less from the same time, this bronze sculpture shows him riding a horse and holding a  sword (or a parasol) now missing.

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