Gilt Copper Alloy Figure of Dorje Ta’Og
The origin story of Dorje Legpa is linked to the great Padmasambhava who subjugated the worldly spirit making him oath-bound as protector of Buddhism. His presence guards the sacred terma or treasure teachings of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism.
Over a rocky base, he rides astride a donkey and holds in his left hand a human heart, bearing his fangs and furrowing his brow in a guise meant to terrify all obstructing forces.
Compare to another cast of the deity in the American Museum of Natural History (acc. no. 70.0/7474). For another example of the subject from the same period, see HAR 21638.
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