As we have seen in previous posts, this is a standard way of depicting Maitreya, seated in the vajra position on a double-lotus base, his hands doing the dharmacakra mudra, long-stemmed lotuses attached to his elbows (sometimes on each side of him), one of them supporting a ritual water pot. He has a squarish face painted with cold gold and silver-inlaid eyes.
On this sculpture he holds one (blue) lotus topped with a kundika. His pouting mouth with generous lips and slanted eyes recall sculptures from Southeast Asia. The double-lotus base and the tear-shaped urna are typical of Nepal.
Another standard image is Maitreya seated on a throne with both legs pendant, his hands doing the dharmacakra mudra (turning the wheel of dharma). This is a rare work with a modest throne covered with a cloth, on a squarish base decorated with incised lotus petals. He wears no jewellery and has the appearance of a crowned buddha.
On this more regal throne, he wears the full princely attire typical of bodhisattvas, including a celestial scarf forming a loop at elbow level in the Chinese style. His crown, jewellery and belt are richly incised with turquoise and coral. There is a kundika on top of the lotus.