Portrait of The Great Teacher Marpa


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253

This portrait is inscribed with the name of Marpa (1012–1097), one of the seminal figures of early Tibetan Buddhism who was renowned as the principal teacher of Milarapa (1040–1123). He traveled to India several times to study and became the disciple of Naropa, one of the eighty-four mahasiddhas celebrated in Tibet.

Portrait of The Great Teacher Marpa, Bronze inlaid with copper and silver; gold plugs, Tibet

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