This rare and early sculpture depicts Jambhala seated on a cushion with a leg folded, holding his mongoose by the neck with his left hand and a citrus fruit in the other, wrapped in a loin cloth with a triangular end (in the Nepalese Thakuri style), adorned with a three-leaf crown, jewellery and a garland of flowers, his squarish face painted with cold gold and pigments, the hair dyed with lapis lazuli powder.
On this example, we can see the mongoose spewing jewels onto the cushion.
This later work (labelled Central Tibet but more likely from Western Tibet) depicts Jambhala in bodhisattva attire, with a small raised urna on his forehead, his right hand doing the tarjani mudra and holding a triratna or a fruit shaped like a triratna (set of three jewels), seated on a tall double-lotus base with apple-like petals and a row of thick beading (typical of 14th Western Tibet), framed by tall lotuses that reach the flowing ribbons of his crown. His jewellery is inlaid with coral and turquoise, the lips and nails are painted with red lacquer, his tall Pala-style chignon topped with a foliate finial. He holds his mongoose by the neck and jewels are coming out of its mouth.
Jambhalas’s right foot rests on a long-life vase resting on a lotus bud attached to the base. He wears a three-leaf crown, a garland of flowers and simple jewellery.
The back of the base is plain. We can see the rear part of the mongoose under his left arm.
Jambhala is in the “Wrathful Forms” section for convenience, given that the black form of this deity is semi-wrathful. Yellow Jambhala is always peaceful in appearance.