When depicted as a seated bodhisattva, Maitreya may have his legs folded in the lotus position as above. We see him here with a stupa in his headdress and a water pot coming out of the lotus on his left. His right hand is doing the teaching gesture.
Both hands may be at heart level in the ‘turning the wheel of the law’ gesture known as dharmacakra or dharmachakra mudra.
He may also have one leg pendant, the foot resting on a lotus bud attached to the base. Again, we can see the water pot in the lotus to his left, which is enough to distinguish him from other bodhisattvas.
Unlike any other bodhisattva or buddha, he sometimes sits in the European fashion, on a throne.