Religious Figure / Vaisravana
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.