Description: Sandalwood figure of Jambhala, decorated with pigment that is still visible. He is covered with a 'rainbow' cloak that is stitched onto the figure. The figure is seated on a Chinese wooden stand that appears to have been made for another object.
Place collected: Asia: Southern Asia: India: West Bengal: Kalimpong
Date collected: 1912-06-18
Measurements: not recorded
Note: List of Curios No 91:
Sandalwood figure of Dzam-padha in a gilt charm box [50.31.63]. Netuk orderly tells me that Dzam-padha is always fashioned out of sandalwood (tsen-den). The Dalai Lama and the Lamen Kempo tell me that Dzam-padha is the god that brings wealth.
Curator's note: This was one of several gifts given to Bell by the 13th Dalai Lama on 18th June 1912 in Kalimpong, at a farewell interview, before the 13th Dalai Lama and his entourage left on their return journey home to Tibet.
Written by Emma Martin