Item Code: TM49
Tibetan Thangka PaintingSize of Painted Surface 15.0" X 20.5"
Size with Brocade 27.0" X 35.0"
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In the present Painting Jambhala has been depicted as a god of wealth. The complexion of his body is golden yellow and is semi-wrathful in appearance. The pot-bellied Jambhala is seated in lalitasana on moon disk on a lotus seat. His right foot is pendant and supported by a gold vessel on which is a conch shell. His right hand holds a jambhara. Under his left arm is slight a large mongoose, while all the other forms hold on the palm of the left hand a small mongoose with a single jewel in its mouth. The mongoose is supposed to be the receptacle of all gems and jewels, and when Jambhala presses the two sides of the mongoose it vomits the treasures within.
The hair of Jambhala is partly upswept in a stylized knot with decoration on it and partly falls on his shoulders. He wears gold crown and ornaments with jewels earrings, necklaces, armlets, bracelets and anklets; flowing silk scarf, floral sacred-thread, and dhoti. There is a halo and aureole behind his head and body, respectively. The border of aureole is decorated with jewels. On the top is an exquisitely designed parasol and above it is Garuda. The border of the canvas is decorated with the figures of dragons, mountainous landscape, and eight auspicious symbols. The bottom centre shows syllable mantra Hum. The painting is brilliantly drawn and painted. The thangka is suitable for the prayer and ritual practices of Kubera.
A. Getty, The Gods of Northern Buddhism, Tokyo, 1962
B. Bhattacharyya, The Indian Buddhist Iconography, Calcutta, 1968
Barbara Lipton & Nima D. Ragnubs, Treasures of Tibetan Art, New York, 1996
Ben Meulenbeld, Buddhist Symbolism in Tibetan Thangka, Holland, 2001
Lokesh Chandra, Transcendental Art of Tibet, Delhi, 1996
Marylin M. Rhie & Robert A.F. Thurman, Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet New York, 1997
This description is by Dr. Shailendra K. Verma, whose Doctorate thesis is on "Emergence and Evolution of the Buddha Image (From its inception to 8th century A.D.)".