The Tibetan poet and saint is holding a hand to his ear as usual, but the other hand is extended out instead of holding a bowl, and he is adorned with armbands and bracelets. We will notice his richly incised gown, the generous draping and the delicate way his hair curls have been rendered.
He is not often portrayed with a foot resting on a lotus attached to the base.
15th century circa, Tibet, copper alloy, photo by Christie’s.
Occasionally, he sits on a thick cushion without a lotus base below.
This sculpture depicts him with a long-life vase instead of a bowl in his left hand.
Milarepa is portrayed here with an attendant kneeling before him, a deer to his left and a dog to his right, in allusion to a legend (according to which a deer, that had sought refuge in the cave where he was meditating, and the hunter’s dog that was chasing it, ended up sitting calmly next to him).