Lot 1295: Tibetan Gilt Milarepa Statuette
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 18th-19th century AD. A hollow-formed gilt-bronze statuette of Milarepa sitting cross-legged on a dais with a deerskin cover, the antlered head placed to the front; Milarepa with alms bowl to his upturned left palm, holding his right hand to his ear. 1.4 kg, 16cm (6 1/4"). Private collection, North London; acquired in the early 1990s. Milarepa (1052-1135 AD) was born into a wealthy trading family in Tibet. With the death of his father, Milarepa and his mother were thrown out of the family home and his aunt and uncle who took over the family estate and wealth. Milarepa and his mother lived in poverty, and as a teenager Milarepa joined a Buddhist order and there learned the art of meditation. His greatest gift was his voice and he was renowned for his beautiful singing, which together with his knowledge and wisdom of Buddhist teachings, led him to become recognised as a great yogi and mystic. He travelled extensively around Tibet furthering his practice of meditation and esoteric Buddhism and gained a large following; his songs have a deep felt feeling for the transience of life and speak to all levels of society. He went on to found the Kagyu school of Buddhism in Tibet and and is revered as one of the greatest Tibetan scholars. Images of Milarepa commonly show him seated and singing, with his right hand held to his ear.
Condition Report: Fine condition.