Nepal, Maitreya – Thakuri period

11th century, Nepal, Maitreya, copper with gilding and pigments, private collection.

11th century, Nepal, Maitreya, copper with gilding and pigments, private collection.

Maitreya stands on a double-lotus pedestal, his hair adorned with a foliate panel. He holds a pot of water in his left hand and wears stone-inlaid jewellery including large floral earrings, a sacred cord, a long dhoti made of incised bands, topped with a belt and a broad sash knotted to one side.

Undated, Nepal, Maitreya, gilt copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (12th c?), Nepal, Maitreya, gilt copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

He is shown here with a rosary in his right hand (doing the varada mudra) and a pot of water on top of the lotus he holds with his left hand.

12th c., Nepal, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy, published by Rossi&Rossi.

12th c., Nepal, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Rossi&Rossi.

The stupa in his tall headdress and the pot of water in his left hand are completed with a small antelope skin over his left shoulder (an attribute he shares with Avalokiteshvara). His transparent dhoti is fastened with a knotted belt. He has unusually generous hips and lower limbs enhanced by the broad sash knotted to one side. A very long sacred thread passes under it and forms a loop over it. He does the vitarka mudra with his right hand and holds a pot of water on the other side.

 

 

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