Gandhara, Maitreya – standing (stone)

1st to 3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, Kushan period, Maitreya, schist, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

1st to 3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, Kushan period, Maitreya, schist, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

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.

3rd century, same as before, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (USA).

3rd century, same as before, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (USA).

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.

3rd century, Gandhara, Maitreya, phyllite and paint, at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (USA).

3rd century, Gandhara, Maitreya, phyllite and paint, at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (USA).

2nd to 4th century, Gandhara, Maitreya, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK).

2nd to 4th century, Gandhara, Maitreya, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK).

3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, Maitreya, grey schist, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA).

3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, Maitreya, grey schist, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA).

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.

3rd century, Gandhara, Maitreya, grey schist, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA).

3rd century, Gandhara, Maitreya, grey schist, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA).

This one has a sash (or celestial scarf) stretched over both arms.

3rd-4th century, Gandhara, Maitreya, schist, at the Lahore Museum (Pakistan).

3rd-4th century, Gandhara, Maitreya, schist, at the Lahore Museum (Pakistan).

This scene, with four figures standing around a fire altar, is a recurrent theme on Gandharan plinth.

Same as before, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (USA).

Same as before, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (USA).

His halo goes from shoulder to shoulder and above head level.

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