Tibet, Yellow Jambhala (3)

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

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

Inspired from the Indian Pala style, this masterpiece depicts Jambhala seated on a double-lotus base with a foot resting on a lotus bud, adorned like a bodhisattva and holding a citrus fruit and a mongoose spewing out strands of jewels.

14th c., Tibet, Jambhala, c.a., 21,6 cm, rearview

He wears a five-leaf crown adorned with bows secured with a metal bar at the back to prevent breakage, his chignon is topped with a finial, there are long strands of hair falling over his shoulders. We can see the body of the mongoose under his left arm. As is usually the case, the back of the lotus base is plain.

14th c., Tibet, Jambhala, gilt c.a., yellow, foot on lotus

His long lower garment is incised with a small lotus motif.

Same as before, with stone inlay.

Same as before, with stone inlay.

Here, his right foot rests on a vase over a lotus bud. The jewels come out of the mongoose’s mouth in a single row that blends in with the beading at the top of the single-lotus base.

14th c., Tibet, Jambhala, bronze+stones, yellow, mongoose

Unlike many others, this mongoose is depicted in a realistic manner at the back, and some care has been given to the necklace and the hair too.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's.

14th-15th century (or later?), Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this sculpture, he wears a long transparent lower garment held in place with a belt and a celestial scarf over his shoulders that goes around his arms and forms a loop at elbow level in the Chinese fashion. His ears are adorned with large flowers. There is no lotus bud or pot under his feet. The mongoose spews individual jewels.

15th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, labelled silver (probably copper alloy), private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, labelled silver (looks like copper alloy), private collection, photo by Navin Kumar, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

In this case, a shapeless flow comes out of the mongoose’s mouth.

 

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