Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Seated Jambhala

10th century
Nepal, Kathmandu Valley
H. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); W. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm); D. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
Accession Number:
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)
Related Objects

Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom, in an Awesome Aspect

Date: 10th century Medium: Gilt-copper alloy with color and gold paint Accession: 1982.220.13 On view in:Gallery 252


Date: 10th–11th century Medium: Gilt-copper alloy Accession: 1986.501.8 On view in:Gallery 252

The Bodhisattva Padmapani Lokeshvara

Date: 11th century Medium: Copper alloy with gilding and semiprecious stones Accession: 1982.220.2 On view in:Gallery 252

Shiva Seated with Parvati

Date: 11th century Medium: Copper alloy Accession: 1987.218.1 On view in:Gallery 252

Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion

Date: 10th century Medium: Copper alloy Accession: 1982.220.14 On view in:Gallery 252