Tibet, Virupa (5)

Some sculptures depict Virupa with a half vajra on top of his chignon.

Undated, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, copper alloy, published in Grandes Lamas del Tibet.

Undated, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, copper alloy, published in Grandes Lamas del Tibet.

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

He is seated on an antelope skin over a single-lotus base, adorned with his traditional garland of flowers and matching tiara, bone ornaments, cross-belt with a flower in the centre. His raised knee is held by a meditation belt incised with a motif.

Mahasiddha Virupa, 16th c., Tibet, bronze, 25 cm, Nyingjei Lam on HAR, back

He wears a short dhoti incised with a floral and foliate pattern. Long strands of matted hair fall over his back.

17th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, gilt copper alloy or copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This (later?) gilt version is very similar to the previous sculpture.

Mahasiddha Virupa, 17th c?, Tibet, gilt c.a. or c., close up

On closer inspection, his necklace and earrings are different, the nipples are not visible, the bone ornaments have smaller beads…

Mahasiddha Virupa, 17th c?, Tibet, gilt c.a. or c., back

The beading doesn’t cover the lotus base all the way round, the meditation belt is narrower and has no decoration, nor does the lower garment. There is no inscription on the back of the base.

 

 

 

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