Tibet, Yellow Jambhala (9)

14th century circa, Tibet, Jambhala, copper alloy, Nicholson's

Probably 14th-15th century, Western Tibet, Jambhala, copper alloy, published by John Nicholson’s.

This is Yellow Jambhala, seated on a double-lotus base with plump petals, his right foot on a vase full of jewels, holding a jewel-spitting mongoose with his left hand, his right hand in karana mudra and holding what is described as a jewel (a citrus fruit more likely), his short celestial scarf  forming an arch behind him.

14th-15th c. prob., Western Tibet, Jambhala, c.a.+si. eyes+cold g.+pig., face, John Nicholson's

His harmonious face with silver-inlaid eyes and a large raised urna has been painted with cold gold and pigments, the hair dyed with lapis lazuli powder. He is adorned with turquoise inlaid jewellery.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Jambhala, copper alloy, private collection.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Jambhala, copper alloy, private collection.

This sculpture depicts Yellow Jambhala with a conical chignon and low tiara, eyes semi-closed in the Indian fashion, a raised urna and thin frowning eyebrows, clad in a long dhoti incised with a floral motif, his right hand doing the karana mudra and holding a  citrus fruit (bijapuraka), the other holder a mongoose that spits jewels. His right foot is resting on a vase with lotuses.

15th century circa, Tibet, Jambhala, stone, at the Pacific Asia Museum (USA).

15th century circa, Tibet, Jambhala (labelled Kubera), stone, at the Pacific Asia Museum (USA).

This stone sculpture depicts him seated on a throne supported by two standing human figures and a seated lion, with a back panel decorated with Kirtimukha at the top. He wears a long dhoti and holds the citrus fruit and mongoose that identify him. His right foot rests on a large vase.

15th century circa, Tibet, Jambhala, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century circa, Tibet, Yellow Jambhala?, copper alloy with stones (most missing), private collection, photo by Christie’s. 

This unusual work depicts Jambhala holding a couple of (lotus) leaves at heart level above a necklace with a pendant shaped like a sacred jewel. His legs are  folded in the vajra position, he has a third eye, wears a long robe fastened with a belt, the sleeves decorated with lion masks.

15th century, Tibet, Jambhala, brass, published on antique-collecting.co.uk

15th century, Tibet, Jambhala, brass with stone and coral inlay, published on antique-collecting.co.uk

This one is also labelled Kubera, yet Kubera holds a mace, a pomegranate or a money bag in his right hand. He holds lotus leaves topped with a coral-inlaid jewel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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