Maitreya is seated in the vajra position, his hands in abhaya (fear-allaying) and dhyana (meditation) mudra, in bodhisattva attire. He has a gentle moon-like face with semi-closed eyes and an oblong urna.
His chignon is topped with a stupa. He wears a shawl over his shoulders and a sash that passes under his belt and over his dhoti, both decorated with incisions. Across the back of his head a metal rod secures the crown and its side bows and ribbons, the inside of which is painted red (a common feature on gilt figures made in Tibet from around the 15th century onwards).
There is a garuda (khyung in Tibetan) at the front of his crown.
Here, his hands hold long-stemmed lotuses topped with a water pot and a branch of ashoka tree (shaped like a trident).
His chignon is topped with a (broken) stupa.
Maitreya is seated with his hands doing the dharmacakra mudra, dressed in bodhisattva attire, his jewellery inlaid with stones, a lotus to his side supporting a water pot.
His chignon is painted with lapis lazuli powder and topped with a flaming jewel.
Seated in the ‘European way’ on a throne, both feet resting on a large lotus flower attached to the base (imitating a rocky formation), Maitreya is dressed in bodhisattva attire, his hands in dharmacakra mudra, surrounded with lotus flowers fastened to his elbows, one supporting a water pot and the other a bud, possibly of the nagakesara tree, his face painted with cold gold and pigments in the Tibetan fashion.
The back panel of this more recent piece is richly decorated with scrolls and foliage.
It includes a lotus supporting a water pot to his left.
and another with a wheel of dharma to his right.
His crown and jewellery are inlaid with turquoise (erroneously labelled malachite) and carnelian, his chignon painted with lapis lazuli powder and topped with a finial, his lips with red pigment, his eyes inlaid with silver. There is a garuda behind him at the top of the panel.