Tibet, Virupa (10)

15th century circa, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, brass, at the Fondation Alain Bordier (Switzerland).

15th century circa, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, brass, at the Fondation Alain Bordier (Switzerland).

Virupa is seated on an animal skin (deer or antelope) over a double-lotus base with wide flat petals (a style often associated with the 16th century), wearing a short loin cloth wrapped around his waist, a Chinese-style cross-belt and  jewellery, a floral tiara over a row of large locks of hair, and a rectangular object on his chignon (see last but one post on Virupa). There is no urna on his forehead.

16th c., Central Tibet, Tsang district, Mahasiddha Virupa, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection.

16th century, Central Tibet, Tsang district, Mahasiddha Virupa, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection.

On this more traditional Tibetan image, he wears floral jewellery and a matching garland and tiara.

Undated, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, gilt metal and turquoise, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (16th century circa), Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, gilt metal and turquoise, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

These Nepalese-style gilt copper or gilt copper alloy sculpture depicts him with turquoise inlaid bone ornaments.

Mahasiddha Virupa, 16th c?, Tibet, gilt c. or c.a.+stones, back

Even his bone apron and the headband that fastens his chignon are decorated with turquoise.

 

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