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