White Jambhala on a Dragon


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Although part of the jewel-born family associated with the Buddha Ratnasambhava, white Jambhala is said to have been born from the right eye of the compassionate bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. He is identifiable by the dragon he rides and his gold sword, a variant of the khatvanga ritual staff, which he holds in his left hand. He alleviates suffering from poverty and sickness and purifies nonvirtuous karmic actions.

White Jambhala on a Dragon, Brass with pigment, inlaid with copper and silver; lost-wax cast, Mongolia

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