About this object

Small gilt bronze statue of Jambhala or Dzambhala Serpo. This is a form of Vaisravana, the guardian of the North. He is an emanation of Chenrezi.
He has golden skin and sits in the pose of royal ease. He has bushy eyebrows and has a plaited hairstyle, although he doesn't have the third eye of wisdom or the flaming red hair, he does hold his right hand in the mudra of genorosity, holding a wish-fulfilling jewel and his left hand rests on his thigh and holds a mongoose spitting jewels. He also wears the Bodhisattva ornaments. His jewellery is decorated with jade and other semi-precious stones, some missing. The base is closed and contents appear to be in place, stamped with a double dorje.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Coral; Bronze; Metal Gilt; Pigment; Jade; Turquoise; Lapis-lazuli
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    John S M Ward
  • Place collected
    Asia: South Eastern Asia: Myanmar (Burma)
  • Date collected
    1914 - 1916
  • Measurements
    110 mm x 103 mm x 75 mm; 4 5/16 in x 4 1/16 in x 2 15/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: The collector number identifies this statue as a part of the ex collection of Father Ward, however a label on object states it is from the Getty collection. The Tibet catalogue 1953, shows another Kuvera/Jambhala statue is from the Getty collection, this figure wears warrior armour. 53.87.129 is also noted as OA 14 in the Tibet catalogue of 1953. Written by Emma Martin.
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( Owner); John S M Ward ( Collector)

Explore related


  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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