The exaggerated slant of the body and the long piece of cloth acting as a hip skirt, richly decorated with incised lotus flowers, are a departure from the sober Licchavi style (5th-9th century) and an announcement of things to come during the Malla period, several centuries later. Maitreya is represented in his bodhisattva appearance, clad with jewellery and wearing a foliate crown, his diaphanous dhoti held in place with a belt, a sash across his hips. A long sacred thread goes along his left side and under the sash. He is holding a pot of water in his left hand and may have been holding another attribute in his right hand, such as a rosary or a branch. His very thin waist and underdeveloped chest are typical of Nepalese works.