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Gilt-Bronze Figure of Jambhala - CB.2904
Origin: Tibet
Circa: 1500 AD to 1700 AD
Dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high x 1.7" (4.3cm) wide x 1.3" (3.3cm) depth
Collection: Asian Art
Style: Buddhist Art

Additional Information: sold
Location: UAE
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This is a gilt-bronze sculpture of Jambhala. Jambhala has a kingly outlook, resting in the royal ease posture (maharajalilasana). He wears a skull crown, his square face frowning, accompanied by his moustache and beard. He holds to his left a mongoose which spews precious jewels from its mouth, and a gem-shaped fruit to his right, while a lotus flower blossoms beneath his right foot. Jambhala is the principle wealth deity in Tantric Buddhism. Borrowed from the Hindu pantheon, he is usually depicted as pot-bellied and naked. Jambhala has a diverse range of appearances, including wrathful, kingly, and peaceful, each associating with a certain colour. A seated sculpture like this one is identified as the Yellow Jambhala. The sculpture's relatively liberal depiction of Jambhala and the lighter colour of the original bronze show that it is an earlier piece. Couple with the well-preserved turquoise inlays, it is a rare early piece which has a vivid colour contrast and a playful twist. - (CB.2904)


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