Vaishravana and Vasudhara

Nepalese
17th century?


Object Place: Tibet or Nepal

Dimensions

10.3 x 16.2 cm (4 1/16 x 6 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

07.294

Medium or Technique

Distemper opaque watercolor and gold on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Image depicts two deities: Vaishravana, god of wealth and guardian of the North, seated on a lion and holding a banner in his right hand and Vasudhara, his consort, a yellow female wearing a blue skirt. The concept of the four guardian kings was popular in all areas where esoteric buddism had spread. The drawing is Tibetan, while the cotton on which the images are painted is Nepalese.

Inscription

On reverse, in Tibetan, three times behind each figure: "Om, Ah, Hum." Also, brief inscription (transliterated in notes), probably a mantra of the deity.

Provenance

Given to the mfa by Edward W. Forbes in 1907

Credit Line

Gift of Edward W. Forbes