Tibet, Milarepa (3)

14th-15th century, Tibet, Milarepa, gilt copper and pigment

14th-15th century, Tibet, Milarepa, gilt copper and pigment, Nyingjei Lam collection., published by Weldon and Singer.

This  sculpture is thought to represent Milarepa through a comparison with paintings of the same period and because of the plugs adorning his earlobes. His is wearing a thin garment that covers both shoulders and is sitting in the lotus position, with his hands cupped before him. The use of copper and gilding along with the body proportions suggest a Nepalese influence.

15th century circa, Tibet, Milarepa, parcel gilt silver on a gilt copper base, same collection and authors.

15th century circa, Tibet, Milarepa, parcel gilt silver on a gilt copper base, same collection.

Most statues of Milarepa represent him like this. He is sitting on an antelope skin over a lotus base, holding a skull cup in one hand while the other is raised to his ear. Wrapped in a monastic robe, a meditation belt slung over his right shoulder, he has one leg folded towards him and the other knee raised up. There is an inscription on the base with his name. The style of the lotus base corresponds to the 14th and 15th centuries. Partially gilt (parcel gilt) silver statues on a gilt copper base with an inscription at the front are more often found among Khasa Malla works (West Tibet/West Nepal, 12th-14th century) but there are other examples of such works made in Tibet around the 15th century.

 

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