Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Milarepa

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 57821)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Kagyu and Buddhist
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Lay Person

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P1853

Interpretation / Description

Milarepa (1052-1135): the great poet yogi of Tibet, principal student to Marpa the translator, and teacher of Rechungpa and Gampopa. (See a comparison of other Milarepa paintings with the central figure in the same posture).

An inscription on the back states that it was "painted by the hand of Chogyur Lingpa." If the inscription is in fact accurate then it would likely have been painted sometime between the mid 1800s and 1870. The significant questions are, did Chogyur Lingpa copy a previous model for the form of Milarepa or did he create this composition from his own imagination? Was Chogyur Lingpa known as an artist as well as a Kagyu and Nyingma Terton - "Treasure Discoverer"? Does his biography mention or provide a list of the artworks he created?

Jeff Watt 9-2009

Secondary Images
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Teacher: Milarepa Main Page
Teacher: Milarepa (Relaxed Posture)
Collection: Chaofu Collection