A Tibetan-inscribed gilt-bronze figure of Jambhala Mid Qing dynasty
Lot 361
A Tibetan-inscribed gilt-bronze figure of Jambhala Mid Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 250,000 (US$ 32,231) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Tibetan-inscribed gilt-bronze figure of Jambhala Mid Qing dynasty
A Tibetan-inscribed gilt-bronze figure of Jambhala
Mid Qing dynasty
The richly gilded deity finely cast seated in lalitasana above a pedestal decorated in a diaper ground with the right leg bent and left leg pendant, wrapped in textured garment incised at the hem leaving the chest bare, his right hand holding a vajra and the left supporting a mongoose, his stern expression framed under an elaborate crown with hair tied in high chignon and trimmed beard, all adorned with sumptuous earrings, necklaces and other jewelleries, the reverse of the base incised with Tibetan inscription.
9.4cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清中期 銅鎏金多聞天王坐像 陰刻梵文

    Provenance:
    Schlattery-Dupleix Antiques, Paris, 14 December 1929
    Cesar collection, Buenos Aires

    The Tibetan inscription on the reverse reads ji 'jigs, which can literally be translated as 'What is [to be] feared'. This refers to the wrathful nature of Jambhala.

    Jambhala is considered a worldly dharmapala or protector of the Dharma, a member of the retinue of Ratnasambhava. Known as the King of the North, he is often depicted as a guardian figure on temple murals outside entrances. He is also associated as the God of Wealth, portrayed carrying auspicious wealth-associated ornaments and in the case of the current lot, depicted holding a vajra in his right hand and a mongoose in his left hand. The iconographies serve as a sentiment regarding wealth to be providing freedom by way of bestowing prosperity, so that one may focus on the path or spirituality rather than on the materiality and temporality of that wealth.

    For a larger gilt-bronze Jambhala of similar iconography, see the example sold in these rooms, 27 May 2012, lot 296.
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