Antique Buddha Museum Statues
Tibetan-Chinese Polychrome Gilt Bronze

Wealth God Jambhala

Riding Red Dragon

Qing-Republic, circa: early 20th century
H 7.5 in.(18cm.), W 5.5 in.(14cm.), D 3.25 in.(8.5cm.)
Condition: Very Good
A vigorous, colorful Jambhala, God of Wealth, well modeled and cast, ornamented with bone beads and five pointed crown, mounted on a striding four-clawed dragon holding a large wish-fulfilling gem and colored with cold pigments on the bronze; the scales fiery red and the feathery mane and tail painted bright green. The statue is heavily gilded, with most of the gilding still fresh; Jambhala's fierce expression intensified with red paint on the eyebrows and the blood streaming from the sides of his mouth, symbolizing his zealous destruction of the enemies of the Dharma; his hair rising upward like flames is also painted red. The figures ride on an oval beaded double-lotus base atop which is a jewel spitting mongoose and a heap of wish-fulfilling gems. The bottom has been ceremonially sealed and is imprinted with a double dorje.

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