In the Gandharan culture Maitreya is normally depicted in his bodhisattva appearance, in the form of a muscular man, sporting a moustache, part of his long hair fastened into two loops on top of the head, wearing a long lower garment, his robe worn loosely to leave the torso bare or half bare, adorned with several necklaces, floral armbands and earrings.
He usually wears sandals. His jewellery consists in a choker, a short necklace with bulky beads, often rectangular, a longer one worn across the chest, also with large beads, tubular or rectangular and one or two with a single bead, worn across the right shoulder.
2nd to 4th century, Gandhara, Maitreya, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK).
On the rare occasions when the left hand is not broken, we can see that he holds a pot of water by the neck. The above stands on a very ornate plinth with a floral design that matches his armbands.
This one has a sash (or celestial scarf) stretched over both arms.
This scene, with four figures standing around a fire altar, is a recurrent theme on Gandharan plinth.
His halo goes from shoulder to shoulder and above head level.