Tibet, Milarepa (5)

15th century, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Milarepa is seated on an antelope skin with his legs gathered loosely, holding a skull cup in his left hand and raising his right hand to his ear, his long hair combed backwards, wearing a robe that covers one shoulder – no vest or cloak – his ears adorned with large spiral-shaped earrings. His eyes are inlaid with silver, his sash with copper.

15th century, Tibet, Milarepa, brass, at the Nelson Atkins Museum (USA).

15th century, Tibet, Milarepa, brass, at the Nelson Atkins Museum (USA).

This is another standard image of the Tibetan hero, seated on a single-lotus base with curly petals.

Same as before, brass with silver inlay, published on en-seercn-com.

15th century, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy, private collection ?, published on en-seercn-com.

As on the previous sculpture, the hem of his robe is delicately incised with a floral motif and the sash is inlaid with copper.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Milarepa, brass with silver, gold and stone inlay, at the Newark Museum (USA).

15th-16th century, Tibet, Milarepa, brass with silver, gold and stone inlay, at the Newark Museum (USA).

Still in the same posture, but with his right foot resting on a lotus flower attached to the base, Milarepa holds a skull cup filled with gems. His wears a long under garment gathered around his waist under  breast level, a feature that helps date the piece.

Undated (16th century?), Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy with pigments, published in Grandes Lamas del Tibet.

Undated (16th century?), Tibet, Milarepa, gilt copper alloy with pigments, published in Grandes Lamas del Tibet.

On this variant, Milarepa leans on his left hand. He wears no sash and has a plain garment softly draped in the Chinese fashion. Some long strands of hair rest on his shoulders. His ears are adorned with plugs.

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