Tibet, Black Jambhala (2)

14th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

Black Jambhala, a wrathful deity with one head, three eyes and bared fangs, treads on Yellow Jambhala, who holds a jewel-spitting mongoose and a citrus fruit. As can be seen above and below, on some sculptures the victim spits jewels too.

Same as before.

Same as before.

On the above sculpture, the mongoose is in his right hand and the skull cup is attached to his left wrist with a chain. There is the effigy of a buddha in his chignon. On the one below, he has an inverted lotus flower topped with a thunderbolt or vajra in his headdress.

Same as before.

Same as before.

14th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, copper alloy and pigment, photo by Koller auctions.

14th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, copper alloy and pigment, photo by Koller auctions.

Here Black Jambhala wears a tiger skin dhoti strategically knotted so as to reveal the ithyphallic nature of the deity, something not always appreciable on sculptures. There is a buddha on top of his head.

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