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Jambala

Type
Figure
Historical period(s)
13th century
Medium
Bronze with traces of pigment
Dimension(s)
H x W x D: 41 x 25 x 23 cm (16 1/8 x 9 13/16 x 9 1/16 in)
Geography
Tibet, West
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1996.39
Label
The chubby body of Jambhala, the Buddhist deity of riches, denotes prosperity. Seated comfortably on a lotus throne, he grasps a mongooseNakula, receptacle of all treasureswhich spews jewels from its mouth. The god holds a lemon in his right hand and rests his foot on a vessel of longlife; both items are also attributes of Jambhalas female counterpart, the goddess Vasudhara.The sculpture is remarkable for its dynamism and majestic presence. Jambhalas smiling face displays traces of gold paint; his hair is painted the deep blue of lapis lazuli, which Tibetan Buddhists value for its beauty.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 22: Encountering the Buddha
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Keyword(s)
Buddhism, casting, Jambhala, lemon, mongoose, Nakula, Tibet, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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