Tibet, White Jambhala

17th century, Tibet, White Jambhala, bronze, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Under this form Jambhala mounts a lion (as above), a mongoose or a dragon. He holds a jewel-spitting mongoose in his left hand as usual and may also have a banner or a ritual staff propped against his left arm. The above has a peaceful face. His right hand would have held gold sword or a stick.

Same as before, with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

A colourful example with a dragon, his attributes missing.

Early 17th century, Tibet, White Jambhala, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Drouot.

This Chinese-style work depicts him with a very wrathful face, riding a dragon, his attributes are missing. There are a couple of large jewels on the pedestal.

18th century, Tibet, White Jambhala, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on http://www.cambiaste.com.

Slightly departing from the standard iconography, we see him holding a skull cup or bowl in his right hand. The mongoose is disgorging large round jewels onto the pedestal by the snow lion’s rear paw.

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