Tibet, Milarepa (4)

15th-16th century, Tibet, Milarepa, bronze with traces of gilding, private collection.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Milarepa, bronze with traces of gilding, private collection.

Although the bowl is missing from his left hand and there is no antelope skin under him, the way he holds his right hand to his ear identifies him beyond doubt.

As above. Photo by Koller auction.

As above. Photo by Koller.

The garment on this sculpture has been finely incised. We can see the head of the antelope below his left ankle and its front legs over the lotus base.

17th century, Tibet, Milarepa, stone and pigment, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

17th century, Tibet, Milarepa, stone and pigment, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

This rare sculpture shows him as an ascetic, his left hand doing the calling-earth-to-witness gesture. The antelope skin is clearly visible over the thick cushion.

16th century circa, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

16th century circa, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

He is often depicted with large disc or spiral-shaped earrings and a smiling face, his hair long at the back and short at the front, often sculpted into thick rows curling over his forehead.

16th century, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

16th century, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

16th century, Tibet, copper alloy, private collection.

16th century, Tibet, copper alloy, private collection.

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