Vaishravana and Vasudhara
Object Place: Tibet or Nepal
10.3 x 16.2 cm (4 1/16 x 6 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Distemper opaque watercolor and gold on cotton
Not On View
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.
On reverse, in Tibetan, three times behind each figure: "Om, Ah, Hum." Also, brief inscription (transliterated in notes), probably a mantra of the deity.
Given to the mfa by Edward W. Forbes in 1907
Gift of Edward W. Forbes