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Portrait of The Great Teacher Marpa

17th century
Bronze inlaid with copper and silver; gold plugs
H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1995
Accession Number:
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.
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