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The Lokapala Kubera, Regent of the North

Anuradhapura period
9th century
Sri Lanka
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); D. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Guardian of the Flame Collection, 2003
Accession Number:
Not on view
The lokapalas stand in each of the four cardinal directions as protectors of both the Buddhist dharma (teachings) and the religious community. Texts speak of monasteries being constructed on grids symbolically marked with these deities, leaving the specific ritual function of these sculptures an open question.

Kubera, Lord of Wealth, is Regent of the North. He holds a mace in his right hand. His vehicle is the lion.
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