UNUSUAL GILT BRONZE FIGURE
OF WHITE VAISHRAVANA BUDDHA, SINO TIBETAN, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

The crowned deity seated in lalitasana,
holding a mongoose in one hand, sitting upon
a flaming dragon, the empty right hand
meant to hold a trident or banner, all
supported by a beaded double lotus base,
height 12.2”
— 31 cm.




Vaishravana buddha, also known as Jambhala, is one
of the four heavenly kings and is associated
as the Buddhist god of wealth. Typically, the
deity is depicted in his ‘yellow’ form, and
shown riding a snow lion and holding a gold￾spitting mongoose. The current example is
‘white’ Vaishravana buddha and is riding a fierce
dragon. White Vaishravana requires a specific
ritual for those who practice his mantras. It
involves pouring a light stream of water over
his head, which is said to awaken the dragon.
$3,000—5,000



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