3. An early Tibetan consecration drawing depicting Vaishravana, god of wealth
circa 12th-13th century
Ink on paper
1 ¾” x 2” (4.5 x 5cm)
The painting of a type inserted into the base of an image along with other sacred items and texts, to enhance it’s spiritual significance. The drawing depicting Vaishravana – a jewel in his right hand, the left holding his jewel-spitting mongoose, symbols of his status as the God of Wealth Such drawings were rolled up and inserted into an image to consecrate it at the time of its first ‘awakening’. Drawings such as this are exceedingly rare.