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Vaishravana, Guardian King of the North

15th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

This exceptional Chinese lacquered-wood sculpture represents Vaishravana, an important wealth deity and guardian king of the northern direction popular in both Tibet and China. Vaishravana is the king of the yaksha, a class of earth spirits. He is yellow or, as in this case golden. No trace remains of his attributes, a victory banner in the right hand and a jewel spitting mongoose in the left. Also the headdress is missing at this sculpture. He is dressed in an elaborate coat of mail and sits in a relaxed fashion on his lion vehicle.

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  • Title: Vaishravana, Guardian King of the North
  • Date Created: 15th century
  • Physical Dimensions: H 21.75 x W 23.75 x D 13.375 in.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2010.17
  • Medium: Wood
  • Place of Creation: China
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (01/25/12 - 01/14/13)

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