Tibet, Black Jambhala (4)

13th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Standing naked, both feet trampling the god of wealth (who vomits jewels) over a Pala-style lotus base, Black Jambhala holds a mongoose in his left hand and a skull cup filled with blood in the other. He wears the 8 snake ornaments and a garland, his flaming hair is fastened with a couple of snakes and adorned with a large seated buddha and small side rosettes – no crown.

Undated, Tibet, Black Jambhala (labelled Kubera), copper alloy, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

Undated, Tibet, Black Jambhala (labelled Kubera), copper alloy, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

This similarly old sculpture comes complete with its flaming mandorla. The deity doesn’t appear to have a third eye.

13th century, Western Tibet, Black Jambhala, copper alloy and stone inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century, Western Tibet, Black Jambhala, copper alloy and stone inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Black Jambhala is hardly ever shown seated but the skull cup in his right hand, the snake ornaments and the skull crown distinguish him from the peaceful Yellow Jambhala.

B-13th c., Western Tibet, Black Jambhala, c.a.+stones, 13,5 cm, Naftalis, details

As usual, his mongoose disgorges jewels.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Christie's.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, brass with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Labelled with the generic term ‘Kubera’, this remarkable and atypical sculpture depicts the ityphallic, wrathful Black Jambhala standing on the god of wealth (who holds a bag of money), his mongoose in his left hand.

B-13th-14th c., Tibet, Black Jambhala, c.a.+cold g.+pig., labelled Kubera, 10,1 cm, ityphallic, both legs on god of wealth, face

Instead of holding a skull cup, his right hand is held palm out in abhaya mudra (and appears to have a broken or missing finger)He is adorned with a low crown decorated with side bows, some jewellery and a long snake as a sacred cord. A celestial scarf is slung over his shoulders, the ends flowing upwards.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, copper alloy, published on www.hartantiques.com

14th-15th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, copper alloy, published on http://www.hartantiques.com

This one wears a mixture of  jewellery and snakes and has a buddha in his headdress.

Undated, Tibet, Black Jambhala, brass and pigment, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (Switzerland).

Undated, Tibet, Black Jambhala, brass and pigment, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (Switzerland).

Instead of a skull cup, Black Jambhala may hold a pot of gems in his right hand.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, gilt copper alloy, at Musée Guimet in Paris (France).

16th-17th century, Tibet, Black Jambhala, gilt copper alloy, at Musée Guimet in Paris (France).

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s