Inspired from the Indian Pala style, this sculpture depicts Maitreya with a long-stemmed lotus in his left hand and a stupa in his headdress. His right hand does the varada mudra (generosity). The ‘stick-like’ limbs are typical of some West Tibetan sculptures of that period. He wears a short dhoti and a loin skirt.
His small tiara is decorated with exaggeratedly large bows and upward flying ribbons. Instead of a hole punched in the abdomen, his navel is incised.
This Maitreya, on the other hand, looks very much like figures made in North-East India during the Pala period. He stands on a double-lotus base over a tortoise-leg pedestal and surrounded with a serrated flaming arch topped with a (broken) stupa.
His face has been painted with pigments and his hair with lapis lazuli powder. The lotus to his right supports a water pot. Indian sculptures usually have a sharper nose, smaller lips and and smaller eyes with smaller pupils, but there are exceptions.