Sandstone Relief Kubera, Indien, Madhya Pradesh, Post-Gupta period, 6th-7th century. Photo courtesy Auctionata
Red sandstone. Relief fragment with the representation of Kubera, god of prosperity and wealth. In his right hand he holds a drinking vessel. The left grasps a large bag, which symbolizes the riches over which Kubera watches. The fat belly and the friendly-rounded face as further sign of his purpose. Height: 36 cm. Condition consistent with age. Estimation : 6 400 € / 8 000 €
Literature: Pal (Hg.), Asian Art. Selectons from the Norton Simon Museum, Pasedena 1988, S. 25
Provenance: Collection of Jack Zuberbühler, Switzerland
A comparative piece is found in the Norton Simon Museum (accession no. M.1975.11.04.S).
In Sanskrit Kubera means the ‘ill-shaped one’. Thus the god of wealth is commonly represented with a big belly and often accompanied by a mongoose. His attributes are a money bag, mace or pomegranate. Kubera is further considered a directional guardian (dikpala) of the North in Hindu cosmology. He is also a popular figure in Buddhism and Jainism.
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