Virupa is seated on a deer or antelope skin, a leg raised and held with a meditation belt incised with a floral motif, one hand holding a (missing) skull cup, the other raised ‘to stop the sun in its course’.
His face is painted with cold gold, his curly moustache, tongue and beard with red pigment, his wide-open eyes and his teeth with black paint, his hair with lapis lazuli powder. He is adorned with a small floral tiara, a cross-belt, garland of flowers and jewellery inlaid with stones (only some turquoise remains).
The back of this masterpiece is just as richly decorated as the front. He wears a short dhoti incised with flowers. His hair curls are individually sculpted as for the head of a buddha.
This masterpiece from Central Tibet depicts him seated on an antelope skin over a single-lotus base, doing the karana mudra (lion gesture) with his right hand (instead of pointing towards the Sun with an index), wearing a short dhoti and a meditation belt with an incised floral motif.
He has a traditional Indian-style chignon painted with lapis lazuli powder, adorned with flowers and topped with a lotus bud finial. His eyes and moustache are inlaid with silver.
On this strikingly similar work, he is seated on a double-lotus base. His meditation belt is incised with a different pattern. The face is painted with cold gold (and the hair with lapis lazuli powder). Although the dating differs slightly these two pieces may have been made at the same time, and even in the same atelier of the Tsang province.