About this object

Cast brass statue of Vaisravana Namthose seated on a snow lion, which looks over its back. Vaisravana He sits in the regal pose of relaxation wearing warriors clothes, including a armoured shirt and Mongolian boots. He wears a small jewelled crown and gold hooped earrings and flowing robes. In his right hand he would have a victory banner, but this is missing and in his left hand resting on his thigh he holds a mongoose spitting jewels (nakula). He is nicely decorated with floral details to his robe at the back and further details to his armoured shirt. The snow lion sits on a double lotus pedestal. Contents are still in place and base incised with double dorje.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    154 mm x 125 mm x 70 mm; 6 1/16 in x 4 15/16 in x 2 3/4 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Although this run of objects comes from the Father Ward collection, this statue is attributed to the 'Getty Collection'. Could this be Alice Getty who wrote, The Gods of Northern Buddhism in 1928? Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( Owner)

Explore related


  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

Object view = Humanities
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