Tibet, Virupa (8)

16th century, Tibet, Mindroling monastery, Mahasiddha Virupa, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, published in Metropolis Art&Entertainment review.

16th century, Tibet, Mindroling monastery, Mahasiddha Virupa, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, published in Metropolis Art&Entertainment review.

This spectacular sculpture of Virupa shows how is hair is tied around a rectangular object that looks like a Tibetan manuscript.

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, papier maché, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, papier maché, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This striking and rare papier maché work, also dated 16th century, gives a clearer idea of how the coiffure was held straight. Virupa wears a large flower at the front. His naked chest is covered with an elaborate Chinese-style bone necklace. He is seated on an antelope skin over a couple of cushions.

17th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, gilt copper, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

17th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, gilt copper, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

On this later mixed-style sculpture, the object no longer keeps the chignon in place.

Mahasiddha Virupa, 17th c., Tibet, gilt cop., back, gTsug Lakhang

Instead, it is worn on top of the chignon.

Undated, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, brass with cold gold and pigments, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (16th century?), Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, brass with cold gold and pigments, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

 

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2 thoughts on “Tibet, Virupa (8)

    • Thank you for your message and the link to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The impressive sculpture of Virupa which they acquired was made in China, not in the Himalayas, however, I may include it in a post at a later stage, along with a few other very similar ones, for the sake of comparison. Thank you for reminding me of it.

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