Dorje Legpa

18th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

The Blacksmith is an oath-bound protector of Tibetan origin. Butchers and blacksmiths share the lowest rank in Tibetan society. The Oath-Bound Blacksmith is most commonly seen in the company of Dorje Legpa, acting as his chief servant and leader of a vast retinue of spirit followers. He is understood to be black in appearance with flaming orange hair, one face, and two hands and riding atop a shaggy brown goat. His right hand, upraised, would have held a large hammer and in his outstretched left hand would have been a blacksmith’s bellows.

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  • Title: Dorje Legpa
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: W 139.7 x H 177.8 x D 63.5 in.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2005.16.65
  • Medium: Gilt brass
  • Place of Creation: China
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Gateway to Himalayan Art" (07/23/10 - TBD), Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, "Demonic Divine in Himalayan Art" (09/22/06 - 12/17/06), Rubin Museum of Art, "Demonic Divine in Himalayan Art" (11/15/04 - 03/13/06)

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