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Jambhala, God of Wealth

Asian Art

MEDIUM Copper alloy
  • Place Made: Nepal
  • DATES 12th–13th century
    DIMENSIONS 5 x 3 7/8 in. (12.7 x 9.8 cm)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2021.1.16
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Dr. Samuel Eilenberg
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1998, provenance not yet documented; by 1998, acquired by Samuel Eilenberg of New York; 1998, bequeathed by Samuel Eilenberg to the Brooklyn Museum; April 6, 2021, accessioned by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Jambhala seated in a posture of ease (one leg pendant) on a throne, holding a mongoose on one knee while his other hand is lowered in the wish-granting gesture, varada mudra, with a small object (probably a gemstone) in his palm. The figure's rich jewels and ample body reflect his role as god of wealth and plenty. The mongoose has the ability to spit jewels and appears to be doing so in this representation although it is no longer clearly delineated. The elaborate throne back consists of swirling flame or cloud forms and two makara (sea monster) heads. The throne's seat is draped. Jambhala is similar in role and iconography to the Hindu god Kubera, but he is mostly worshipped in the Himalayas, and by both Hindus and Buddhists.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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