Milarepa holds a skull cup with a triratna (set of flaming jewels) in his left hand and raises the other hand to his ear. He is seated on an antelope skin over a single-lotus base with broad petals going downwards. His eyes are inlaid with silver, his urna with turquoise, his sash with copper and silver. There are traces of cold gold on his face.
On this similar sculpture, he has no urna on his forehead and the jewels in the cup are not topped with a flame.
We occasionally see him resting on his left hand. On this example, there is a pot in front of him on the double-lotus base. His hair his matted and the thick locks are sculpted individually.