Gandhara, Maitreya – seated (stone)

2nd-3rd century, Gandhara, North West Pakistan, Maitreya, stone, private collection, published on asianartresource.com

2nd-3rd century, Gandhara, North West Pakistan, Maitreya, stone, private collection, published on asianartresource.com

Not all Gandharan art displays the same facial features. This Maitreya has a plump face and no moustache. He is adorned with the standard jewellery and sits on a throne with a fire altar scene at the front, holding a pot of water, both hands in the meditation gesture.

3rd century, Gandhara, Maitreya, grey schist, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

3rd century, Gandhara, Maitreya, grey schist, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

The pot of water is usually held by the neck. It may be elongated, as on the previous picture, oval as above or round as below.

3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, Maitreya, schist, at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada).

3rd century, Gandhara, Pakistan, Maitreya, schist, at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada).

The lion throne may be covered with a loose cloth, as above.

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