Tibet, Yellow Jambhala (4)

15th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, copper alloy, at the Pacific Asia Museum (USA).

15th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, copper alloy, at the Pacific Asia Museum (USA).

Jambhala is seated on a cushion over an unusual double-lotus base, holding an egg-shaped fruit in his right hand and a mongoose spitting jewels in the other. He has an Indian Pala-style chignon topped with a finial and wears a small tiara with side bows, jewellery, a sacred cord and a garland of flowers. His navel is a hole punched in the abdomen. His right foot rests on a lotus bud attached to the base.

16th century, same as before.

16th century, same as before.

This is a similar style but the lotus base is directly inspired from the Indian Pala-style tall double-lotus base,  with exaggeratedly large beading at the bottom. He wears a short lower garment knotted round the waist.

16th century, same as before, at the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art (Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia).

16th century, same as before, at the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art (Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia).

We have seen in previous posts that his right foot occasionally rests on a vase attached to the base, as is the case above. There is an egg-shaped citrus fruit coming out of it and one in his right hand.

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