Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Garwa Nagpo

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 81825)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Karma (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Silk
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Damchen Garwa Nagpo (English: the Oath Bound Vajra Blacksmith). According to the inscription this was painted by the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje (1604-1674). In the catalogue of artistic works created by Choying Dorje, compiled by Nenang Pawo Trinle Gyatso (1649/50-1699), this composition was following the archaic Chi'u painting style and completed in 1655 in Minyag.

Jeff Watt [updated 10-2018]


The Black Hat Eccentric: Artistic Visions of the Tenth Karmapa. Karl Debreczeny. Rubin Museum of Art, 2012. Pages 180-183.

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