Date: 17th century
Medium: Bronze inlaid with copper and silver; gold plugs
Dimensions: H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
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.