Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Jambhala (Buddhist Deity) - Yellow

ཛམ་བྷཱ་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 财神(佛教本尊)
(item no. 69625)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Buddhist
Material Metal
Collection Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Catalogue # S1996.39
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: King

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Jambhala, Yellow (Tibetan: dzam bha la ser po): the most common form of the popular wealth deity, holding a bijapuraka fruit in the right hand and a mongoose in the left, seated on a lotus usually with the right foot resting on a conch shell.

Yellow Jambhala is found in both Kriya and Anuttarayoga Tantra texts, and is the principal wealth deity of the Hevajra cycle of practice.

Jeff Watt 2-2000

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Collection of Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Sculpture: Monastic Period (Tibet, 13-14th century)