White Jambhala
 White Jambhala

White Jambhala

Mongolian (Mongolian)
19th century
Pigments, gilding on sized cloth
Work : 3 1/4 x 3 x 1/2 in. (8.25 x 7.62 x 1.27 cm)
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Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
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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.  



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