Tibet, Virupa (9)

Undated (15th c?), Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (probably 15th-16th), Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Seated on an antelope skin over an unusual lotus base with the upper row different from the lower one, the mahasiddha is adorned with a floral jewellery, a cross-belt with a large flower at the centre, a floral tiara and a garland of flowers. His navel is a hole punched into his belly.

Mahasiddha Virupa, 15th c?, Tibet, c.a.+sil.eyes, Navin Kumar, close up

He has a broad square face with silver-inlaid eyes, generous lips, no urna, a small moustache and a short beard below the jawline. There is a skull cup in his left hand.

15th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, gilt copper, same as before.

15th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, gilt copper, same as before.

Probably made by a Nepalese artist in Tibet, this gilt copper sculpture depicts Virupa with floral ornaments and an incised meditation belt, a skull cup in his left hand, raising his right index to stop the sun in its course. He is seated on an antelope skin over a Chinese-style double-lotus base typical of the 15th century. He has a small loin cloth tied around his waist.

Mahasiddha Virupa, 15th c., Tibet, gilt cop., Nyingjei Lam, back

His cross-belt has a large flower at the centre on both sides. His plaited hair is knotted into a chignon.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, copper alloy with silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, copper alloy with silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

We see him here with Indian-style facial features, his hair tied in a fan-shaped bunch, seated on a single-lotus base.

Mahasiddha Virupa, 15th-16th c., Tibet, c.a., 9,2 cm, sil. eyes, close up

His eyes are inlaid with silver. He is adorned with floral jewellery, a flora tiara with bows, and a cross-belt, part of which is inlaid with silver. He has a small moustache, no beard, no urna. 

Mahasiddha Virupa, 15th-16th c., Tibet, c.a., 9,2 cm, antelope skin, silver girdle, sil. eyes, Alsdorf col., close up

His meditation belt and his short dhoti  are incised with a foliate scroll motif

16th century, Central Tibet, Tsang district, copper with silver inlay, at the National Gallery of Canada.

16th century, Central Tibet, Tsang district, copper with silver inlay, at the National Gallery of Canada.

This well-proportioned and realistic masterpiece shows us once more the excellent craftsmanship of the Tsang workshops around the 15th and 16th century.

Mahasiddha Virupa, 16th c., Central Tibet, Tsang, c.a., close up

He is richly adorned with floral jewellery and a matching tiara and garland, spiral-shaped earrings, a cross-belt with a large flower at the centre. He has thick oblique eyebrows and two frown lines in the middle.

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