This spectacular sculpture of Virupa shows how is hair is tied around a rectangular object that looks like a Tibetan manuscript.
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.
On this later mixed-style sculpture, the object no longer keeps the chignon in place.
Instead, it is worn on top of the chignon.