Tibet, Black Jambhala (1)

11th century, Tibet, wrathful deity Jambhala, black stone and bronze, private collection.

11th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, black stone and/or bronze, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

Black Jambhala is a manifestation of buddha Amoghasiddhi. He has one face with three eyes, two hands in which he holds a mongoose that spits jewels and a skull cup or sometimes a pot of jewels. He is adorned with snakes and stands over the body of the Lord of Wealth (Yellow Jambhala). The above sculpture shows him with a small skull-crown and flaming hair standing straight on his head.

12th century, Western Tibet, Black Jambhala, copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

12th century, Western Tibet, Black Jambhala, copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

Here we can see that he has a sitting buddha on top of his head and that his victim is indeed Yellow Jambhala, who holds a mongoose in one hand and a citrus fruit in the other.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala shrine, copper alloy, photo by Sotheby's.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala shrine, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, photo by Sotheby’s.

On this sculpture, he has the effigy of a buddha in his chignon and stands on an Indian-style lion-throne with an arch decorated with other figures.

13th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, bronze, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

13th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, bronze, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

 

 

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