The Dharampala Kubera is revered as the king of Yakshas (nature spirits) and the god of wealth, associated with all the treasures like minerals and jewels that lie underground; often depicted as a dwarf and is opined to be Ravana’s half brother, as he once ruled Lanka. This semi divine being is described as the chief of evil spirits in Vedas, but the Puranas and Hindu epics extol him as a deva.
This deity, here sits in a distinctive posture on a thin randomly shaped pedestal, in a lotus leaf hued skin tone and garbed in a shiny and smooth golden dhoti that compliments the heavy gold jewels veiled all over his body and the traditional Tibetan styled gold crown.
As always, he is portrayed as a plump man, with a large paunch and the realistic fierce expressions capture his face mask. This sculpture represents Kubera’s undistinguished Tibetan form, having two arms with the right one holding a sheaf of jewels and the left holds a mongoose or Nakula.