Figure of Vaisravana

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Figure of Vaisravana, 18th -19th century
Central Asia, Tibet

Wise Collection
Donated by University of Dundee, 1993
Museum number 1993-317

In Tibet Vaisravana is the protector of the Dharma, the teachings of Buddha. He is also known as the Guardian King of the North, one of four protective guardians found at the entrance to monasteries to ward off evil. Here he is holding a jewel-spitting mongoose, referring to his other aspect as Jambhala, God of wealth.

Figure of Vaisravana
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