A thangka depicting Milarepa
18th century, Tibet
Dimensions: 76cm x 56cm, 29.9 inches x 22 inches
Framed: 102cm x 76cm, 40.2 inches x 29.9 inches
The ‘cotton clad yogi saint of Tibet’, is seated on a flayed skin in the centre of the composition hovering on a cloud in the pure land of the Himalayan mountains, the location of his many ascetic abodes. He is considered the first ordinary Tibetan to become a perfect Buddha in the great adept pattern. Here he is seated in his characteristic pose with his right hand held up to his ear so as to hear more clearly the music of the spheres and the voices of the teachers.