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JAMBHALA STATUE

Unknown8th - 9th century

Museum Nasional Indonesia

Museum Nasional Indonesia

Jambhala, the God of Prosperity and Wealth in the Buddha Mahāyāna faith, helps mankind overcome poverty and to do good deeds (dharma). Here he is depicted with a potbelly, his right hand holding an orange and his left grabbing the tail of a civet, which is supposedly spewing diamonds. On his head he wears a tiara, while other adornments are long earrings, two necklaces, keyura (ornaments), ankle bracelets, diamonds on his lower arms, and strings of pearls, also around his ankles, and his belt. He is sitting in the lalitāsana posture, resting on an oval cushion, which is supported by a square tiered base. His left knee is folded, with the left foot in front of him, while the right foot is in a relaxed position, slightly lower than the knee.
Below his feet are five purses (pundi), believed to be full of jewels, protected by guardian lions, standing at either side. Jambhala has a celestial halo (prabha), surrounded by little flames, behind his head, and is covered by an umbrella (chattra). In the Hindu religion he is known as Kuwera.

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Details

  • Title: JAMBHALA STATUE
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 8th - 9th century
  • Location: Ngepoh, Badran, Temanggung, Indonesia
  • Place Part Of: Indonesia
  • Physical Dimensions: w210 x h365 mm
  • Classification: Archaeology
  • Type: Metal Work

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