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


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.