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