Antique Java Majapahit Style Seated Yellow Jambhala Statue God of Wealth - 20cm/8"
Measures (Height) 20cm/8"
An antique Majapahit style Jambhala (also known as Dzambhala, Dzambala, Zambala or Jambala) from Java, Indonesia. Jambhala is the God of Wealth and appropriately a member of the Jewel Family. He is sometimes equated with the Hindu deity Kubera. Jambhala is also believed to be an emanation of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
Jambhala is a Bodhisattva of material and spiritual wealth as well as many other things, especially of granting financial stability. Here we see the Yellow Jambhala. He is considered the most popular and powerful of the Wealth Gods. An emanation of Buddha Ratnasambhava. He can move poverty within the six realms, increasing virtues, life span and wisdom. He is also said to be an emanation of Vaisravana, one of the "Four Great World-protecting Heavenly Kings". He is the guardian of light in Buddhism, a great charitable deity who grants fortune and protection. Lord Vaisravana lives in the northern region under the Four Heavens, at the northern crystal palace on the fourth level of Mount Sumeru.
His servants are either yaksas or bhaisajya-yaksas. According to the commentary on Lotus Sutra, this heavenly king is extremely knowledgeable as his perpetual protection of the Buddhas has enabled him to receive many teachings. Here Yellow Jambhala sits in the vajra position with his right leg is panhandle, resting on a lotus flower and his left leg is kinked. He has one face and two arms.
His left hand holds gems wrapped in a lotus leaf. HIs right hand holds a Kalasha. The Kalasha is considered a symbol of abundance and "source of life" in the Vedas. It is referred to as "overflowing full vase" in the Vedas. The Kalasha is believed to contain amrita, the elixir of life, and thus is viewed as a symbol of abundance, wisdom, and immortality.
He is seated on a square pedestal, his right foot set upon a lotus blossom. This represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
New York Metropolitan Museum Collection - Accession Number: 1987.142.175
Christie's Auction House - Sale 16002 (September 2017) - The Collection of Paul F. Walter
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