Tibet, Milarepa (6)

15th century, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This masterpiece depicts Milarepa in the traditional manner, with his feet loosely gathered before him, a skull cup in his left hand, his other hand raised to his ear (the base of the sculpture is obviously modern).

15th century, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

His sash and robe are richly adorned with copper and silver inlay and incised with geometrical and floral motifs and auspicious symbols.

Milarepa, Tibet, 15th c., c.a.+sil.+c. inlay, close up HAR

He has a squarish face with wide open eyes inlaid with silver, his lips are inlaid with copper, his ears were probably adorned with plugs (or earrings). His hair is combed back.

undated (15th century?) Milarepa, copper alloy, private collection, same as before.

undated (15th century circa?), Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy, same as before.

This is another sculpture with richly incised clothes. The antelope skin on the lotus base is flat and barely visible.

Milarepa, Tibet, 15th c?, c.a.+pig., back, on HAR

His hair is matted and the locks are individually sculpted. The lotus base has no plain part at the back.

Undated (15th century?), Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy, private collection, same as before.

Undated (14th or 15th century?), Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy, private collection, same as before.

On this work, the eyes are inlaid with silver, the lips with copper, the sash with both metals. The head of the antelope skin on the cushion is prominent.

Milarepa, Tibet, undated, 15th c?, brass+c.+sil. inlay, close up

The hem of his robe and the sash are finely incised.

Undated, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

On this variant with a double-lotus base, Milarepa has a large raised urna on his forehead.

We will notice that on all these relatively early works he doesn’t wear a vest.

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