Tibet, Milarepa (8)

14th century, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy, photo by Hollywood Galleries, on http://www.asianart.com

The famous Tibetan teacher and poet is often depicted seated in a relaxed manner on an antelope skin, his long hair combed back, the right hand raised to his ear, the left hand holding a skull cup.

16th century, Tibet, Milarepa, brass, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This one wears large spiral-shaped earrings (similar to those often seen on sculptures of Tsang Nyon Heruka) and a short necklace made of rope.

Same as before, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Same earrings and necklace. On all three images there is a large urna on his forehead, marked skin folds under the breasts, and an incised pattern on the hem of his robe and on his meditation strap.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Milarepa, copper alloy, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Here, Milarepa wears earplugs.

Same, gilt copper, same as before.

From the 17th century onwards, he is often depicted as an ascetic rather than a pot-bellied man.

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

 

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