Tibet, standing Maitreya – unusual sculptures

11th century, Wester Tibet, Maitreya, bronze with cold gold and pigment, private collection.

11th century (or later), Western Tibet, Maitreya, bronze with cold gold and pigment, private collection. Photo by Arts of Asia.

On this West Tibetan example, the antelope skin (which he occasionally wears) is knotted across his chest, the head of the animal hanging over his shoulder. He has a tall stupa on his head (rather than in his headdress).

same as above, bronze

same as above, bronze, private collection.

This very worn sculpture shows him with a stupa in his headdress and a small arch or mandorla attached to his shoulders.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, copper alloy, private collection.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, copper alloy, private collection.

On this remarkable sculpture,  the top of his water pot and the hilt of his sword are coming out of the lotuses next to him but the stupa is on another lotus engraved on his  rear side.

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