Tibet, Dorje Legpa (2)

18th century, Tibet, Dorje Legpa, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

18th century, Tibet, Dorje Legpa, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Dharma protector Dorje Legpa, also known as Damcan, (Vajra Sadhu in sanskrit) rides a Tibetan billy goat with crossed horn, holding a vajra in his right hand and, normally, a human heart in the other. The above is dressed in full garments and cloak adorned with an incised motif, boots, a celestial scarf and his usual hat.

Undated (18th century circa), Tibet, Dorje Legpa, metal, at the American Museum of National History (USA).

Undated (18th century circa), Tibet, Dorje Legpa, metal, at the American Museum of Natural History (USA).

He may also ride a snow lion.

18th-19th century, Tibet, Dorje Legpa, gilt c.a., at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).

This sculpture depicts him in his 3-head and six-arm version, riding a snow lion. In his right hands he holds a stick, (missing) arrow and a vajra sword, in his left hands he holds a vajra knife (with a vajra handle), a bow and a (missing) vajra pike.

18th century circa, Tibet, Narwa Garbo, gilt copper alloy, private collection, Christie's.

18th century circa, Tibet, Garwa Nagpo, gilt copper alloy, private collection, Christie’s.

Dorje Legpa’s attendant, Garwa Nagpo holds in his right hand a vajra hammer (said to be made of meteorite iron according to the Himalayan Art Resources website) and, in his left hand, some bellows (supposed to be made of tiger skin). On this sculpture, his mount is crossing an ocean of blood.

18th-19th century, Dorje Legpa, gilt copper alloy, at the Ashmolean Museum.

18th-19th century, Dorje Legpa, gilt copper alloy, as above.

The attributes are missing from this figure, but he rides a Tibetan goat with entwined horns and holds his hands as if to hold a vajra and a heart, like Dorje Legpa.

Dorje Ta'og, Tibet, undated (18th century circa), copper alloy, at the AMNH.

Dorje Ta’og, Tibet, undated (18th century circa), copper alloy, at the AMNH.

This character could easily be mistaken for Dorje Legpa but for the fact that he rides a horse.  He wields a (missing) vajra in his right hand and holds a small object in the other. Dorje Ta’og is mainly associated with the Sera monastery and sculptures of him are rarely seen.

 

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