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Tibetan Thangka Painting Depicting the Life of Milarepa, 18th to 19th Century

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An 18th to 19th century Tibetan thangka painting on cloth depicting stories from the life of Milarepa. Jetsun Milarepa (circa 1052 – 1135) was a historical Tibetan siddha (master) and poet whose biography by Tsangnyön Heruka (1452–1507) is still popular in Tibetan culture today. As a young man, Milarepa studied sorcery and took revenge on his family’s enemies killing many people. He later felt grief for what he had done and turned to Buddhist teacher, Marpa Lotsawa, for help. Marpa set Milarepa a series of trials before he would teach him, including building and tearing down towers of rocks. Eventually Marpa passed along his knowledge, and Milarepa practiced these teachings in isolation in caves where he would gain enlightenment. Milarepa passed these teachings along to many students who approached him.

Item Type: Thangka
Religion or Sect: Buddhism
Subject: Life of Milarepa
Materials: Fabric
Period: Antique
Date: 18th to 19th century
Origin: Tibet


- abrasions, wear, and paint loss throughout; hole to the upper center; vertical crease running along center of image; grommets to the upper corners; wear and fraying along the edges of canvas.


24.5" W x 31.0" H x 0.1" D

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