About this object

Small Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze statue of Vaisravana or Namthose. He sits in the regal pose of relaxation on a white snow lion, who lies on a lotus throne. The lion looks forward as opposed to the normal stance of looking over its back. Its tail is painted red and appears flame-like. He has one face, red pigment still visible to beard and hair and two arms and two legs. With his right hand he should support a victory banner - which is missing - and the left hand sits on his leg holding a mongoose, which spits jewels. He wears warrior's clothes, including an armoured shirt and Mongolian boots. He wears a jewel crown, golden earrings and flowing robes.

The base is closed and contents appear in place, stamped with double dorje.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Bronze; Gilt Metal; Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    V B Holland
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    95 mm x 85 mm x 47 mm; 3 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in x 1 7/8 in
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre (Owner); V B Holland (Collector)

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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