The bodhisattva Maitreya, anonymous, 700 - 900

The bodhisattva Maitreya, anonymous, 700 - 900

bronze (metal), h 17.3cm × w 9.5cm × d 5.5cm More details

In his left hand Maitreya is holding a flask with the elixir of life, his regular attribute. His right hand is making a gesture that appears only in art from Kashmir and Gandhara. Its meaning has yet to be determined. The bodhisattva is seated on a lotus throne. The lower part has been broken off and therefore lacks its base with lotus leaves curving down.

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2

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