Tibet, yellow Jambhala (8)

12th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, (labelled Kubera), brass, at the Fitchburg Art Museum (USA).

12th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala, (labelled Kubera), brass, at the Fitchburg Art Museum (USA) published on Wikipedia.

Seated on a Pala-style lotus base, his right foot resting on a vase, Yellow Jambhala holds a citrus fruit in his right hand, his mongoose in the other, surrounded by lotuses, wearing a long dhoti, bulky jewellery, and Indian-style chignon topped with a finial and low tiara.

13th century, Tibet, copper alloy with stone inlay, published on artnet.com

13th century, Tibet, copper alloy with stone and coral inlay, published on artnet.com.

In most cases, the mongoose is spewing jewels. The above has a foot on a lotus flower attached to the base.

13th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala (labelled Kubera), private collection.

13th century, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala (labelled Kubera),  gilt copper alloy and stones (most missing), private collection.

Many Yellow Jambhala sculptures are labelled ‘Kubera’, which is a generic name for a series of deities. The mongoose is common to several related deities but the citrus fruit is proper to the peaceful yellow form of Jambhala (who has a yellow body on paintings).

 

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