Tibet, Yellow Jambhala (5)

15th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, copper alloy with traces of gilding and black lacquer, private collection, photo by Nagel.

15th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, copper alloy with traces of gilding and lacquer, private collection, photo by Nagel.

This  sculpture depicts Jambhala with his traditional citrus fruit and mongoose, his right foot resting on a long-life vase over a lotus base attached to the Nepalese-style pedestal, adorned with a low tiara with rosettes, jewellery, his hair piled into a small chignon but for a few strands that fall over his shoulders. He has a squarish face with generous features including a raised urna.

Same as before, copper alloy, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (USA).

Same as before, copper alloy, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (USA).

Ont his Pala-style worke his right foot is also placed on a vase over a lotus flower attached to the base. He wears a long garland of flowers and a celestial scarf that flows upward in a very decorative manner.

Same as before, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Navin Kumar, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Same as before, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Navin Kumar, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The facial features and other details here have been incised rather than sculpted. Despite the evident wear of the object, we can easily recognise Yellow Jambhala with an oval fruit in his right hand, a mongoose in his left hand and his right foot resting over a pot on a lotus bud attached to the base.

15th c., Tibet, Jambhala, gilt c.a., yellow, N.Kumar, rear

His long see-through lower garment is held in place with a belt. The broad flat petals on the lotus base are overlapping (and have an irregular shape which confirms the overall impression of haste or lack of practice on the part of the artist).

Late 15th-early 16th century, Central Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, dark copper alloy, private collection.

Late 15th-early 16th century, Central Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, dark copper alloy, private collection.

This harmonious work, on the other hand, has been well preserved and we can see the individually sculpted locks of hair under his five-leaf crown, his delicate fingers and toes, the large round jewels coming out of the mongoose’s mouth. The upper hem of his short lower garment is indicated with a thick wavy line incised around his waist below the navel. He wears bodhisattva jewellery inlaid with turquoise. He sits on a Nepalese-style base with wide round petals, both feet gathered loosely before him.

 

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