Tibet, Milarepa (7)

15th-16th century, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

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.

Same as before, photo by Sotheby's.

Same as before, photo by Sotheby’s.

On this similar sculpture, he has no urna on his forehead and the jewels in the cup are not topped with a flame.

Undated, same as before, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (16th century?), same as before, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

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.

Same as before.

Undated (15th century circa?), same as before.

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