Maitreya stands with one hand against his hip and the other doing the varada mudra (gesture of generosity), bedecked with princely jewellery inlaid with turquoise, an antelope skin knotted across his chest, the head resting over his left shoulder. This iconography is similar to Avalokiteshvara’s but the stupa on his head identify this bodhisattva as Maitreya. He wears a richly incised dhoti longer on one side typical of (11th century circa) Western Tibet and a thin copper-inlaid celestial scarf.
This Kashmiri-style sculpture with silver-inlaid eyes, muscly legs, a lobed abdomen, marked knee caps and a small oval face with a pointed nose, may have been made in the former Guge Kingdom.
This Maitreya was probably part of a set of figures attached together. The use of gilt copper and the body proportions and facial features tell us that it was almost certainly made by a Nepalese artist in Tibet. He holds a pot of water in his left hand.
Maitreya does the vitarka mudra with his right hand and holds a pot of water in his lowered left hand.
There is a stupa in his headdress.