Provenance: Alain Presencer Collection. The base with a label bearing a hand-written inscription reading “Mahasiddha Silver Eyes”. Alain Presencer devoted his life to the study and promotion of Tibetan Buddhism and culture. His contributions to the field resulted in numerous recognitions, including an appointment as Fellow
of the Royal Asiatic Society. He also created the music album ‘The Singing Bowls of Tibet’, which sold over a million copies to date.
Condition: Wear to the gilding, traces of use and minor nicks as expected on a copper-bronze alloy statue of this age. Sealed. One of the inlaid beads and both silver inlays to the eyes are lost.
Weight: 162.2 grams
Dimensions: 7.5 cm height
Mahasiddha Virupa, the Lord of all yogis, was born in a royal family in east India during the 7th-8th century. He later renounced the life of a prince to become a monastic.
Compare with the Virupa in the Gerd-Wolfgang Essen Tibetica Collection (Hamburg) pictured in von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes (1981), cat. no. 131H, and the Virupa in the Victoria and Albert Museum, cat. no. 131I, both shown on page 475.
來源： Alain Presencer 收藏. 底座上有手寫標簽 “Mahasiddha Silver Eyes”。Alain Presencer 畢生致力於研究和推廣藏傳佛教和文化，他對該領域的貢獻得到了許多認可，並被任命爲皇家亞洲協會研究員。他還製作了音樂專輯‘The Singing Bowls of Tibet‘，出了一百萬張。