Nepal, seated Maitreya – two styles

11th-12th century, buddha of the future Maitreya, copper alloy overlaid with copper, traces of gilding and pigments, private collection.

11th-12th century, buddha of the future Maitreya, copper alloy overlaid with copper, traces of gilding and pigments, private collection.

In some ways, this sculpture is very similar to a 10th-11th century one published in a previous post, the transparent robe of the buddha-of-the-future covers both shoulders and has a round neck, the folds and hemlines are very similar, but this one has thinner legs, a more oval face and different facial features.

12th-13th century, copper alloy, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

12th-13th century, copper alloy, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

Here the figure is wearing long trousers and an upper garment which covers only one shoulder, revealing a very large nipple. The delicate facial features are softer, less geometrical, and the throne is more elaborate.

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