Tibet, standing Maitreya

When represented as a bodhisattva, Maitreya may be standing.

11th century circa, Western Tibet, brass, Kashmir artist, at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

11th century circa, Western Tibet, brass, at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

He usually has long strands of hair falling over his shoulders, the rest tied in a knot over his head, a stupa in his head dress, his right hand in a symbolical gesture or mudra known as the argument or teaching mudra. The other hand may hold a pot of water (as above) or make the charity mudra (as below).

11th-12th century, gilt copper, as above.

11th-12th century, Tibet, gilt copper, as above.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Maitreya, copper alloy, cold gold and pigment, at the Pacific Asia Museum.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Maitreya, copper alloy, cold gold and pigment, at the Pacific Asia Museum.

Like Avalokiteshvara, he may have an antelope skin over his left shoulder.

Undated, Tibet, Maitreya, bronze and pigments, at the American Museum of National History.

Undated, Tibet, Maitreya, bronze and pigments, at the American Museum of National History.

On this Indian-style sculpture the stupa is at the top of the arch above him and the hand gestures are inverted (as on the previous photo). There is a small dog at his feet (in allusion to a legend) and a long-stem lotus over his left arm.

 

 

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