Tibet, seated Maitreya (9)

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Nagel.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Nagel.

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.

16th c., Tibet, Maitreya, gilt c.a.+turq., 18 cm, chignon+stupa, back

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).

16th c., Tibet, Maitreya, gilt c.a.+turq., 18 cm, chignon+stupa, khyung central panel crown

There is a garuda (khyung in Tibetan) at the front of his crown.

17th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt metal, at the Rubin Museum of Art.

17th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt metal, at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Here, his hands hold long-stemmed lotuses topped with a water pot and a branch of ashoka tree (shaped like a trident).

17th c., Tibet, Maitreya, gilt metal, stupa, Rubin MoA

His chignon is topped with a (broken) stupa.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

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.

16th-17th c., Tibet, Maitreya, gilt c.a., lotiform earrings, flaming jewel on chignon, waterpot on lotus, detail, Christie's

His chignon is painted with lapis lazuli powder and topped with a flaming jewel.

17th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhassa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

17th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

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.

18th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, at the Royal Ontario Museum

18th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, at the Royal Ontario Museum.

The back panel of this more recent piece is richly decorated with scrolls and foliage.

18th c., Tibet, Maitreya, gilt c.a.+carnelian+malachite+pig., waterpot

It includes a lotus supporting a water pot to his left.

18th c., Tibet, Maitreya, gilt c.a.+carnelian+malachite+pig., golden wheel

and another with a wheel of dharma to his right.

18th c., Tibet, Maitreya, gilt c.a.+carnelian+malachite+pig., garuda

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.

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