Nepal, Late Malla Maitreya

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

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

Maitreya, in his bodhisattva appearance, is seated in the vajra position, his hands doing the dharmacakra mudra and holding the stem of large lotus flowers.

16th c., Nepal, Maitreya, gilt c.a., 25,4 cm, foliate pattern dhoti, folds piled below ankle, raised urna, detail of stupa on chignon, Christie's

There is a stupa on his chignon and a raised rectangular urna on his forehead. His crown is decorated with foliate bows and thick flowing ribbons.

17th century, Nepal, Maitreya, same as before.

17th century, Nepal, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

This sculpture could be depicting Avalokiteshvara, if it weren’t for the stupa in his headdress. He is seated on a Licchavi-style double lotus base, wearing his three-tooth pendant, an antelope skin over his left shoulder, an ankle-length dhoti. He holds a fly whisk (not normally associated with him) in his right hand and a pot of water in the other. When not seated in the vajra position, he usually sits with one or both leg pendants, not in this relaxed manner.

 

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