On this masterpiece, Milarepa’s eyes and large urna are inlaid with silver, his lips and yogic strap are painted red, the hair dyed with blue pigment. We have seen a very similar Tibetan sculpture dated 14th century by Koller auctions, but with copper inlay instead of red paint.
The meditation strap is incised with a rice grain motif.
A similar style, with delicate fingers and toes, seated on a single plump cushion with rounded edges of the sort seen on earlier Tibetan works.
Another fine sculpture of the Tibetan saint, wearing spiral-shaped earrings, a broad yogic band decorated with a rice grain pattern, a soft robe with a floral pattern on the edge; his eyes, (missing) urna and teeth are inlaid with silver. The palm of his right hand displays a wheel of dharma.
He sits on the skin of an antelope with twisted horns, over a tall double-lotus base with plump elongated petals and two rows of beading – a design dating back to the late 14th century.