Maitreya is depicted in his buddha appearance (no crown or jewellery), his hands held in the dharmacakra mudra, seated with both legs pendant, on a throne supported by two lions, complete with flaming halo.
The position of the legs helps distinguishing him from the historical buddha, who may also display this hand gesture.
Maitreya, in his bodhisattva appearance, stands on a lotus over a plinth, holding a pot of water in his left hand, the other (now broken) doing the abhaya mudra.
He has fine Kashmiri facial features with silver-inlaid eyes, part of his hair gathered in a fan shape, the rest loosely plaited on each side of the head. There is a stupa in his headdress. He wears beaded jewellery, a long foliate garland, some large earrings, a sacred thread and a celestial scarf – of which only a small piece remains attached to the flaming halo.
This more complete masterpiece depicts him with a taller stupa on his head, a rosary in his right hand (and a pot of water in the other), a celestial scarf over his arms.
His full face, with wide-open eyes, larger lips and nose, corresponds more to the Tibetan standards. This item and the previous one were part of the collection of a West Tibetan prince, known as Nagaraja, from the ancient kingdom of Guge.
Many Kashmiri sculptures include secondary figures, such as devotees, donors, dancers, attached to the pedestal.
This masterpiece depicts Maitreya with semi-closed eyes, seated on a throne supported by lions, his feet resting on lotuses, his hands in the dharmacakra mudra, the edges of his robe forming a zigzag shape. The back of the seat is decorated with embossed flowers and forms an arch behind the head topped with a parasol and ribbons, a crescent moon, some lotus buds. The hair under his chignon is combed into V-shaped rows of curls.