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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 597

    A bronze figure of Virupa

    TIBET, 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A bronze figure of Virupa
    Tibet, 16th Century
    Seated over an animal skin on a lotus base in maharajalilasana held with the aid of the yogic band, his right arm raised in tarjani mudra and the other holding a kapala, wearing a dhoti with incised cloudscrolls, armlets, bracelets and necklace with trefoil motif, large earrings and a foliate headdress, his face in a commanding expression with silver inlaid eyes and copper lips
    6 in. (15.3 cm.) high


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    The Indian mystic Virupa is credited with performing many extraordinary deeds, including parting the waters of the Ganges and drinking enormous amounts of alcoholic beverages. Once he was refused further liquor at a tavern unless he could pay, upon which he prevented the sun from setting for two days with his mystical powers. The local king, highly concerned, settled his bill in order to free the sun. He is here depicted with his right arm raised in the characteristic gesture of tarjani mudra, ordering the sun to stop in its path.

    Provenance

    Acquired in 1993, New York