White Jambhala
 White Jambhala

White Jambhala


Artist
Mongolian (Mongolian)
Date
19th century
Medium
Pigments, gilding on sized cloth
Dimensions
Work : 3 1/4 x 3 x 1/2 in. (8.25 x 7.62 x 1.27 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.370.1.A-C

Label

White Jambhala is a manifestation of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. He was traditionally invoked by Mongolian Buddhist monks in rituals designed to discover the hidden teachings of earlier tantric masters. He was also embraced by both monks and lay believers as a wealth deity. He is portrayed here riding on the back of a dragon. He has a semi-wrathful appearance with a third eye on his forehead and a mouth full of sharp teeth. He wears fine clothes and holds a trident spear and jewel-tipped mace in his hands. The reverse side of this painting is inscribed with the standard five-syllable consecration mantra.  


 

 


Object Type
Painting