Only the dharmacakra mudra and the absence of other bodhisattva’s attributes indicate that this is likely to be Maitreya. He stands on a single-lotus base on scrolled vegetation, adorned with a five-leaf crown, earrings, two necklaces, armbands, bracelets, wearing an ankle-length dhoti with a crinkled hem. He has a squarish face, broad shoulders and hips, the latter enhanced by the bent torso and the abundance of fabric around him.
Equally singular, this sculpture depicts Maitreya with a tripartite crown made of two leaf panels and a stupa at the front, enhanced by stone-inlaid side bows shaped like part of a flower. Another foliate panel tops his chignon. He is adorned with stone-inlaid jewellery and holds an oval object in one hand, perhaps a citron, and the stem of a large lotus flower in the other. The pointed end of the dhoti touching the base and the sinuous fold at the front are typical of the Malla style. A long sacred thread passes under and over a thin sash knotted to the left. His beaked nose and small chin are typical of Nepalese sculptures.
This is a standard portrait of Maitreya, with a pot of water in the left hand, a lotus on the same side, the right hand doing the vitarka mudra.
His lower garment is richly incised with vegetation and held in place with a stone-inlaid belt. There is a small antelope skin over his left shoulder, a broad sacred thread across his chest, inlaid with gems, and just below it a broad sash knotted at the back.