Gilt bronze figure of Milarepa the poet saint
17th century, Tibet
Height: 14.5 cm 5.71 inches, Width: 9.5 cm 3.74 inches
Milarepa is seating on top of a leopard skin laid on a base decorated with rock formations centred by the leopard’s head and flanked by a duck and an antelope. Milarepa has a joyful expression whilst his sublime state is captured in this portrait. The raise right hand to his ear suggests his fondness for poems and songs. The skull cup held in his left hand is a symbol of the transient nature of existence, which Milarepa came so profoundly to understand.