Tibet, seated Maitreya (4)

14th century (or 15th?), Tibet, Maitreya, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century (or 15th?), Tibet, Maitreya, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Maitreya is seated in the vajra position, his hands doing the dharmacakra mudra, surrounded by long-stemmed lotuses, one to his left topped with a waterpot. He has silver-inlaid eyes and is adorned with bodhisattva jewellery. His long lower garment is softly draped and has an incised hem.

Same as before, photo by Christie's.

Same as before, photo by Christie’s.

On this version, there is a water pot on the lotus to his left and the branch of an ashoka tree on the other side.

Same as before, private collection, published by Ulrich von Schröder.

Same as before, private collection, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Seated on a Nepalese-style lotus base, Maitreya does the dharmacakra mudra and has a lotus stem attached to his left elbow. There is a water pot on the flower.

Same as before.

14th century, Tibet, Maitreya, brass, same as before.

In Tibet, when a seated Maitreya’s hands are not doing the dharmacakra mudra they usually do the varada (generosity) and vitarka mudra (debate, teaching) as above and below.

Same as before, with cold gold and pigments on the face.

14th century, Tibet, Maitreya, copper or copper alloy, same as before.

This sculpture depicts Maitreya with his left hand doing the abhaya mudra and the right hand holding a  water pot. His face is painted with cold gold and pigments.

14th c., Tibet, Maitreya, gilt metal, 24,4 cm, kundika, Tsug Lakhang

On most Tibetan sculptures, Maitreya’s water pot is a ritual one known as kundika in sanskrit.

 

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