Attributes of Kubera in a "rgyan tshogs" banner. Distemper painting by a Tibetan painter.
- Part of:
- Fifteen banners from a Tibetan Protector chapel.
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About this work
The attributes of Kubera ('Lord of horses'), a wealth-protecting deity and an aspect of Vaiśravaṇa, the guardian king of the northerly direction.
This is a comparatively quiet and peaceful painting indicating that Kubera is not a wrathful deity but associated with wealth and its pleasures. It is embellished with garlands of jewels instead of the garlands of entrails shown in the more sombre paintings in this series. In the centre is an offering cake in the form of a pagoda with four steps leading up to it. On the highest step is a mongoose or ichneumon (usually a hand-held attribute of Kubera) spitting jewels into a vessel filled with jewels. On the third step can be seen a double drum, a pair of king's earrings, a pair of queen's earrings and a bundle of crossed sticks which has been interpreted as the wood used for cremations, a kind of memento mori. At the bottom there are eight trees and six bulls. In the bottom centre, jewels are offered
Higher up there is on the left a large white snow-lion with a turquoise mane; left and right of the pagoda, two haloed figures sitting on a cloud, one in the enchanter's posture, the other in that of royal ease. There are the Eight Auspicious Things: unending knot, fishes, wheel, conch shell, umbrella, victory banners, white lotus, and life vase. There are emblems for the pleasures of the five senses, and a round emblem of the universe with four stepped pyramids
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