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painting / 繪畫

Fragment of a large painting showing Vaisravana, Guardian of the North, with his attendant.  Vaisravana wears close-fitting armour and firmly grasps a halberd-banner. There is an animal head at his shoulder. His attendant wears a leopard-head helmet, which covers his head and shoulders.  In one hand the attendant  holds a mongoose, symbolic of Kubera (Vaisravana's original identity, the Indian god of wealth).  In the other hand, he holds a flaming pearl. Ink and colours on silk.

Fragment of a large painting showing Vaisravana, Guardian of the North, with his attendant. Vaisravana wears close-fitting armour and firmly grasps a halberd-banner. There is an animal head at his shoulder. His attendant wears a leopard-head helmet, which covers his head and shoulders. In one hand the attendant holds a mongoose, symbolic of Kubera (Vaisravana's original identity, the Indian god of wealth). In the other hand, he holds a flaming pearl. Ink and colours on silk.

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