Dorje Legpa is often labelled Damcan, Demchen, Dhamchen, Damchen or Dam Can, which is a general term for a type of wrathful deity. Dorje Legpa (Vajrasadhu in sanskrit) may ride a goat, a lion, sometimes a camel. He often wears a large hat, and has a two-hand form and a six-hand form. Small metal sculptures of him are rare, some of them actually correspond to his main attendant (see below), most of them are late Tibeto-Chinese productions (made in China by a Tibetan artist).
Undated, Tibet, Dorje Legpa, bronze, Katimari collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.
He always holds a vajra sceptre high up in his right hand and a wrenched human heart before his chest.
18th century, Tibet, Dorje Legpa (labelled Garwa Nagpo), gilt bronze (copper alloy) and pigments, private collection photo by Hargeisheimer.
In his six-hand form he has three heads, each with three eyes, and holds weapons (missing here). These would normally be a pike, a bow, a sword in the right hands, a scimitar, an arrow, a baton in the left hands. This form looks very much like the six-hand form of Pehar, which we have seen in a previous post.
18th century, Tibeto-Chinese, Garwa Nagpo (labelled Dorje Legpa), gilt copper repoussé, private collection, photo by Christie’s.
His main attendant, Garwa Nagpo always has one head, with three eyes, and two arms held horizontally. He rides a billy goat with twisted horns, and holds a hammer and a pair of bellows (missing here).
Circa 18th century, Tibet?, Garwa Nagpo, metal, is or was at the Phoenix Art Museum, published on Himalayan Art Resources.
He is also a deity by himself, being the special protector of some Gelug monateries.
18th century, Tibeto-Chinese, Garwa Nagpo, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Christie’s.
He wears long clothes made of black silk, and felt boots. The above rides a sea of blood, a feature very common on late Tibetan or Tibeto-Chinese statues of wrathful deities. His attributes are an upraised hammer and some bellows, which are the tools of a blacksmith.
18th century, Tibeto-Chinese, Garwa Nagpo (labelled Damcan), gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Koller.
18th century, Tibeto-Chinese, Dorje Ta’og, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Koller.Often mistaken for Dorje Legpa, Dorje Ta’og has one head and two hands and may ride a snow lion or a black horse. He holds an upraised vajra sceptre in his right hand and may have a vase in his left hand before his chest. This deity is specific to the Sera monastery.