13th century, Tibet or China, Mahasiddha Virupa, metal (with cold gold and pigments), at the Lima Lakhang of the Potala in Lhasa (Tibet), inv. 1573, Nepalese artist, published by Ulrich von Schroeder, 1994.
The Indian master raises his left hand to stop the course of the Sun while holding a skull cup in the other. His raised knee is held in place with a meditation strap, his right elbow leans on an element built in the arch. A female attendant offers him a bowl (of food, presumably). His hair is adorned with a floral tiara, an anti-caste symbol.
Undated (circa 16th century?), Tibet?, Indian adept Virupa, (copper alloy), private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources
Raising his right hand towards the Sun and holding a skull cup in the other hand, his right leg pendant, the knee loosely held by a meditation strap, the foot placed on a lotus sprouting from the plinth of the lotus base, which is covered with an antelope skin. He wears a garland of flowers and matching accessories, his topknot is decorated with a half vajra finial. There is a large vessel next to him.
Indian adept Virupa, (16th century?, Tibet?), metal (gilt copper or copper alloy with stone inlay), private collection, photo on HAR
Leaning on his right arm, his legs not quite locked, the left arm pointing to the Sun, a ritual vase topped with a skull cup placed before him. He is adorned with large hoops, a floral tiara, bone jewellery inlaid with turquoise, a cross-belt; his hair is rolled in a top knot decorated with a floral finial. The animal skin on the seat seems to have (tiger or leopard) claws rather than hooves.
16th century, Tibet, Indian adept Virupa, metal (copper alloy with a high copper content), private collection, photo on HAR
A particularly ornate image of the mahasiddha seated in the royal ease position, no meditation belt or animal skin, adorned with large floral earrings, matching garland and cross-belt, princely jewellery and festooned belt, a manuscript secured in his topknot.
16th century, Tibet, Indian adept Virupa, gilt metal, private collection, photo on HAR
A rare example of him displaying a pill between thumb and forefinger. He is seated on an antelope skin with his feet crossed, adorned with large floral and princely accessories, a manuscript tucked into his topknot.
16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Virupa, gilt metal, at the Chhatrapati Shivaij Museum in Mumbai (India), photo on HAR
Seated on an antelope skin, ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ with his hands.