A COPPER-INLAID BRONZE FIGURE OF KALA JAMBHALA TIBET, 13TH – 14TH CENTURY
- Bronze inlaid with copper
- 14.9 cm, 5 5/8 in.
Himalayan Art Resources item no. 68424
The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet: Buddhist Art in the Nyingjei Lam Collection, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, October-December 1999.
Arte Buddhista Tibetana: Dei e Demoni dell' Himalaya, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, June-September 2004.
Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 2005-2017, on loan.
Casting the Divine: Sculptures of the Nyingjei Lam Collection, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 2012-2013.
Franco Ricca, Arte Buddhista Tibetana: Dei e Demoni dell’ Himalaya, Turin, 2004, fig. 35.
Kala Jambhala stands in fierce alidhasana atop a supine figure of Yellow Jambhala, who wears the bodhisattva jewellery and raiment and holds a jewel in the raised right hand. The ferocious, ithyphallic deity stares intently, his three eyes bulging, and his fangs bared. Compare the use of copper inlay; the sash and raised arm of Yellow Jambhala used as a support; and the wide, downturned single row of lotus petals on the base surmounted by a single row of beaded pearls with another thirteenth or fourteenth century ungilt bronze figure of Kala Jambhala also from the Nyingjei Lam Collection, see lot 3109; as well as Pratapaditya Pal, Divine Images, Human Visions, Ottawa, 1997, p. 73.