Tibet, Yellow Jambhala (10)

15th century, Tibet, Jambhala, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

15th century, Tibet, Jambhala, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This is a traditional portrait of Yellow Jambhala, seated on a lotus base, his right foot on a conch, holding his jewel-spitting mongoose with the left hand and a citron in the palm of his right hand.

15th c., Tibet, Jambhala, labelled K., gilt c.a.+stones, 11,5 cm, fruit labelled lingot

He is adorned with a stone-inlaid crown, matching jewellery and belt. He wears a long dhoti incised with large flowers. Some of the lotus petals around the base have a conch-like shape.

Same as before, soapstone, at the Pacific Asia Museum (USA).

Same as before, soapstone, at the Pacific Asia Museum (USA).

The artist who made this stone sculpture has adorned him with a broad sash decorated with large flowers, a crown with Kirtimukha at the centre and princely jewellery. His right foot rests on a lotus flower. He wears a long lower garment with triangular pleats, held in place with a cloth belt with pointed ends that hang over the pedestal. There are some lotus leaves and a citron in his right hand, a mongoose vomiting jewels in the other.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Jambhala, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Jambhala, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

Here we see him seated on a cloth over a throne decorated with lions. His conical chignon and low tiara show an Indian stylistic influence but his squarish face and facial features are typically Tibetan. He wears a celestial scarf over his shoulders and an ankle-length dhoti.

16th century, Tibet, Jambhala, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, at the National Art Gallery NSW (Australia)

16th century, Tibet, Jambhala, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, at the Art Gallery NSW (Australia).

This Jambhala has a celestial scarf loosely placed over his shoulders, the ends flowing upwards. His floral earrings, crown and jewellery are decorated with cabochons. His right foot rests on a vase filled with gems.

18th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay and pigments, at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada).

18th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay and pigments, at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada).

This Chinese-style sculpture depicts him in the classic way but for the conch shell in his right hand instead of a citron. He sits on a single-lotus base with Yongle-style curly petals, clad in a long dhoti with embroidered cuffs, adorned with a celestial scarf that forms an arch behind his head and some loops at elbow level, a sash knotted across his chest and stone-inlaid jewellery and crown.

Same as before (labelled Kubera), gilt copper alloy, at the British Museum.

Same as before (labelled Kubera), gilt copper alloy, at the British Museum.

 

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