Tibet, 11th-12th c. standing Maitreya

11th-12th century, Tibet, buddha of the future Maitreya, copper and pigments

11th-12th century circa, Tibet, buddha of the future Maitreya, copper and traces of pigment. At the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, UK)

Maitreya, identified through the pot of water in his left hand and the stupa in his headdress, is depicted in the Nepalese style, with an ankle-length dhoti held in place with a belt, a sash across his hips, and some princely jewellery. He wears a long sacred thread, tucked under the sash. The sobriety of the piece and the fact that it is made of ungilt copper situates it no later than in the 12th century.

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