Portrait of The Great Teacher Marpa

Date:
17th century
Culture:
Tibet
Medium:
Bronze inlaid with copper and silver; gold plugs
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.176
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.
Inscription: Marpa inscribed on the lower back.
[ Ian Alsop , Santa Fe, until 1995, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.