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A36. Damchen Dorge Legspa, Tibeto-Chinese, Ching, 18th c., 17 cms.

Damchen Dorje Legspa was formerly the chief of the Bon demon kings before being subdued by Padmasambhava. He is depicted sitting on a lion wearing long flowing Tibetan garments with engraved borders and a broad brimmed hat. In his right hand he brandishes a vajra symbolising his conversion to Buddhism and he holds a kapala in his left. The lion strides over a mountainous landscape enclosing a sea of blood.
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