Brass statuette of the daemonic deity Kubera
seated on a crouching dragon
In Hindu mythology Kubera is the Lord of Wealth
and the god-king of the semi-divine Yakshas.
Yakshas are a broad class of nature-spirits,
usually benevolent, but sometimes mischievous
and sexually aggressive, capricious caretakers of
the natural treasures hidden in the earth and tree
Kubera is also regarded as the regent of the
North (Dik-pala), and a protector of the world
Kubera is often depicted as a big-bellied dwarf.
He has been often described as having three
legs, only eight teeth, one eye, and being
adorned with jewels, though the description of
such deformities like the broken teeth, the three
legs, the three heads or the four arms appear
only in the later texts.
He is sometimes represented riding a man.
Kubera holds a mace, a pomegranate or a money
bag in his hand.
He may also carry a sheaf of jewels or a
mongoose, as in Tibet the mongoose is
considered to be a symbol of Kubera's victory
over Nagas—the guardians of treasures.