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Seated Jambhala

Date:
10th century
Culture:
Nepal, Kathmandu Valley
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); W. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm); D. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.142.320
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251
Jambhala, a god of wealth, has his roots in the early yaksha tradition of north India. He can be readily identified from his corpulent form and from the mongoose spitting gems that he holds in his left hand. He is understood to be an emanation of the Buddha Ratnasambhava, and his consort is the goddess Vasudhara, who also is a personification of wealth and abundance.
Samuel Eilenberg , New York (until 1987; donated to MMA)
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