Tibet, Yellow Jambhala (8)

17th century circa, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, brass, private collection, photo by Mossgreen,

17th century circa, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, brass, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

After the 16th century, Yellow Jambhala sculptures made in Tibet are often in a mixed style or made to suit Chinese taste. This Jambhala is depicted with his mongoose but there are no jewels coming out of it mouth and he holds a long object topped with a head in his right hand instead of the standard egg-shaped citrus fruit or the triratna. He has a small Nepalese-style oval face, a tripartite chignon typical of Indian mahasiddhas, and wears a long lower garment and a thin celestial scarf with snake-like ends in the Chinese fashion. The double-lotus base, his crown and his jewellery are post-16th century.

17th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, copper alloy with cold gold, private collection, photo by Dorotheum.

17th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, copper alloy with cold gold, private collection, photo by Dorotheum.

Seated on Pala-style pedestal, his citrus fruit and mongoose in hand, Jambhala has a foot over a shell on a long-life vase and there is a triratna attached to the single-lotus base over the pedestal. He has strong facial features with thick eyebrows and a square jaw which give him the aspect of a warrior.

 

17th-18th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

17th-18th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

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