In Tibet, Virupa is by far the most frequently depicted Indian adept. Sculptures of him come under two basic forms.
He may be seated on an antelope (or a deer) skin with one leg loosely folded and the other raised, his right or left hand pointing in the air to ‘stop the sun in its course’ and the other hand holding a skull cup.
Alternatively he may be leaning on the other hand.
17th century, copper alloy, with silver inlay, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).
Occasionally he wears a leather strap to keep his raised knee in place while meditating for a long time.
He is usually adorned with a garland of flowers and a matching tiara.
On this more modern sculpture, he is seated with both legs folded towards him but also has a meditation belt.
The other basic form depicts him seated in a yogic position, the upper part of his feet resting over the pedestal, and his hands doing the dharmacakra mudra (turning the wheel of dharma).
On this example the garland of flowers goes across his back and chest rather than around his neck.
In this context, flowers indicate a rejection of the Hindu caste system and/or the adoption of an anti-social behaviour as part of the practice of tantric Buddhism.