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Asian Art

Kubera, God of Wealth, and His Consort Riddhi

10th century

Sandstone

45 × 30 × 11 3/4 in. (114.3 × 76.2 × 29.85 cm)
Gift of the Rubin-Ladd Foundation, under the bequest of Ester R. Portnow
2011.157.1
Known in Buddhism and Jainism in addition to Hinduism, Kubera—identified by his potbelly and pet mongoose that he holds in his left hand—is the god of wealth and the ruler of the semidivine yakshas, the protectors of the earth and all of its treasures.
Geography: 
Uttar Pradesh, India
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Kalachuri (10th–12th century) or Chandela (10th–13th century)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Published in Pragdhara, Uttar Pradesh state archaeological journal, 1994–95; Ferruchio Abbiati, Turin, ca. 1995–2002; Carlton Rochell Asian Art, New York, 2002; The Rubin-Ladd Foundation, Georgetown, Conn., 2003 - 2011; gift in 2011 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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