This tantric practitioner with matted hair may have held a vajra sceptre in his right hand. He is adorned with a necklace and wears a long dhoti and a garment barely covering his left shoulder.
This Chinese-style work depicts a character with a third eye, flaming hair, a skull crown, silk garments, the upper one with sleeves, bone jewellery and a cross belt, no yogic strap. He wields a vajra sceptre in his right hand and holds a skull cup before his heart (none of which corresponds to standard images of Virupa).
A completely different style, and singular if indeed it is a portrait of Virupa. His hair is gathered in a small bun, he wears a four-pointed cap reminiscent of early Kashmiri works, a small tiara and some earrings, all of them inlaid with large cabochons, no floral accessories or yogic belt, his hands are in the gesture of meditation.
16th-17th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Christie’s, sale 17457.
This elderly man with an elongated torso and long limbs (typical of 17th century Tibet) is seated with a leg pendant, atop a lotus seat with an elaborate plinth. We have come across several unidentified mahasiddhas with a similar ovoid container next to them. Both the base and the lid have the shape of a lotus flower.