figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Figure of Vaisrawana, the guardian of the north, on a polychrome lotus throne The figure has pale brown skin, blue hair, a beard and moustache and staring eyes. The right hand is raised in the karana mudra with the little finger missing. The left hand holds a mongoose, spitting jewels. He wears a red coat, a green sash and Mongolian boots with white soles, the sides of which are green. Bodhisattva jewels are absent, but earrings and a 5 leaf crown are present. The reverse bears two inscriptions, one in Tibetan script, the other in Nasta'liq Persian /Urdu script.

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