Tibet, Milarepa (10)

17th century, Tibet, Milarepa, painted stone, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

There are few sculptures of Milarepa as an ascetic. The above shows him seated on an antelope skin over a rocky formation, his right hand to the ear, the left hand in the meditation gesture and supporting a skull cup.

Undated (17th century circa?), Tibet, parcel-gilt silver, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Another image of an emaciated yogi doing the hand gestures proper to Milarepa, seated on an antelope skin over two large cushions.

18th century, Tibet, Milarepa, stone, at the Rubin Museum of Art.

The Tibetan saint is sometimes depicted in the cave where he retired to meditate. On this image, his right thigh supports a vessel with a lid.

18th century, Tibet, Milarepa, clay, wood and paint, at the Newark Museum (USA).

This colourful item includes scenes from Milarepa’s life as a hermit, during which he is said to have prevented a deer from being killed by a hunter and his dog.

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